Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail is a looming, forbidding building that is located on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Also known as Bodmin Gaol, this former prison has been turned into a well-known tourist attraction due to the history of the criminals who were imprisoned and executed on the grounds. The jail was built in 1779 by war prisoners are saw over 150 hangings over approximately 150 years. Bodmin jail was the first British prison to hold prisoners in separate cells. The jail closed in 1927, only 18 years since its last hanging. There has been no prison located in the county of Cornwall ever since.

Bodmin jail has appeared on TV’s Most Haunted due to its many ghostly sightings and reports. It is said that the ghost of Anne Jeffries still haunts the jail, a woman who was starved to death in the cells as she was thought to be a witch. Another popular report is that by children who often ask about a crying lady in a long dress. This is thought to be Selina Wadge, a woman who was publicly executed over the murder of her son Harry who was born out of wedlock. Her ghost is said to attempt to grab children who visit the prison, and on the third and fourth floors of Bodmin Jail, pregnant women are said to become overwhelmed with emotion.

One of the most popular ghosts that is said to haunt Bodmin Jail is that of Matthew Weeks, a farmer who was executed for the murder of Charlotte Dymond, his girlfriend. Her body was found on Roughtor in Bodmin Moor in 1844. Charlotte Dymond is said to haunt the site of her murder every year on the anniversary of her death and Matthew Weeks’ ghost is said to project the pain and anguish he felt whilst waiting for his eventual death.

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