Starting in 2019, you can spend the night in this haunted UK prison for less than $75!
Hosted by UK paranormal group Bump In The Night, the overnight trip at HMP Shepton Mallet is set to occur the evening of May 24 though the morning of May 25, 2019. Beginning at 9 p.m., attendees will gather at the prison; you’ll then spend the night conducting various paranormal experiments, including using a Ouija board in some of the areas in which supernatural activity has reportedly been recorded, as well as borrowing Bump In The Night’s equipment and wandering off to investigate on your own, if you feel like it. Your night will end at 6:30 a.m. the next morning.
Basically, you pay to spend a night in jail!
HMP Shepton Mallet has centuries of history behind it. Constructed in 1610, it was originally opened in 1625 as a house of corrections — not just a jail, but more like a workhouse: According to the Victorian Web, at houses of correction, “work was provided for the unemployed at local rates of pay”; additionally, “work could be forced on the idle and on vagabonds.” Meanwhile, according to London Lives, houses of correction were intended to mete out “punishment and reform of the poor convicted of petty offences through hard labor.” In other words, if you got sent to a house of correction like HMP Shepton Mallet, you wouldn’t just be sitting around in a cell all day; you’d be performing backbreaking labor day in and day out. Sanitation at HMP Shepton Mallet, as you might imagine, was a huge issue, and inmates who died there — either via execution or by other means — were buried in unmarked graves in unconsecrated ground.
We don’t totally know how many executions were carried out at the prison, by the way. We do know that seven judicial executions were recorded between 1889 and 1926; plenty more, however, went unrecorded, according to the Telegraph. There’s really no telling how many souls were interred on or near HMP Shepton Mallet in unmarked graves.
According to the jail’s website, HMP Shepton Mallet actually closed down for much of the 1930s due to underuse; during the Second World War, however, it was resurrected as a military prison. The British military an it from 1939 to the early ‘40s; then it became an American military prison from 1942 to 1945. In addition to prison sentences, executions continued to be carried out at HMP Shepton Mallet during this time; the Telegraph reports that by the end of 1944, 16 American soldiers had been executed via hanging and two more by firing squad for various crimes they had committed (like, for example, murder).
Read more about the prison HERE and see if you would spend the night there next May!