Scotch Eggs & Strongbow
So last time Social Pariah took you on a little trip to The Museum Of Death in the US of A . Well we're off again on our travels,not quite so far this time,so pack the Scotch Eggs and Strongbow and join us on our trip to Littledean Jail in the Forest of Dean,Gloucestershire. Built in 1791 this Grade 2 listed building is steeped in a dark history and at the time it was built as the most up-to-date, revolutionary House of Correction of its time, and later seen as the Government’s role model for London’s Pentonville Prison and taken across the seas for the world famous Philadelphian Cherry Hill Penitentiary System in America. Its first Inmate was admitted on 18th November 1791, a 19 year old labourer by the name of Joseph Marshall for the crime of stealing a spade and other convictions soon followed over the years from theft, to prostitution and even up to assault and battery to murder. Children as young as 8 years old were incarcerated here and whipped with the birch, cat of nine tails and kept in solitary confinement. Between 1837-1838 three babies were born here, though only one survived. In 1854 Littledean Jail was no longer used as a House of Correction, used instead as a Police Station, remand prison and as a petty sessional Court from 1874. The jail also has the the unfortunate claim to fame of being the station where the first Gloucestershire Police Officer killed in the line of duty was based and there is a tombstone in Littledean churchyard sacred to the memory of Police Sergeant Samuel Beard who was killed in Speech House Hotel in the Forest of Dean in 1861. Other notable incidents The last woman in Gloucestershire to be charged with witchcraft was tried there at the Jailhouse in 1906. Cinderford wise woman, Ellen Hayward (known as Old Ellen) conducted her own defence and was subsequently found not guilty.The Jail has also been used for a Hammer House of Horrors cult film - ‘House of Whipcord’ which was set and filmed there in 1974. The Jail became a museum in 2003 and now includes such delights as The Crime Through Time Collection, and Freaks of Nature. Our old friend baphomet even makes an appearance in the Witchcraft,Satanism, The Occult,Paranmormal and beyond section. There's so much more here as well but we'll leave it there for now as those Scotch Eggs are going fast and we need to stake our claim to one !