Who’d want to live in the Kray twins’ old cells?

Who’d want to live in the Kray twins’ old cells? Historic prison with dozens of prisoners’ unmarked graves beneath it is to be transformed into over 200 luxury flats

  • Planners give ok to luxury flats at one of England’s most haunted sites
  • Gloucester Prison haunted by ‘tormented souls’ of criminals executed in gallows
  • Site was former jail to notorious serial killer Fred West and evil Kray twins

Property hunters not put off by the idea of living on top of the unmarked graves of more than one hundred people hanged for their crimes are in luck.

And crime buffs will be able to live in homes which were once the holding cells for notorious serial killer Fred West and the Kray twins’ in former cells under new plans to turn a historic prison into luxury flats.

Gloucester Prison’s historic listed buildings – which played host to serial killer West in 1994 – will become 202 apartments under new plans approved earlier this month.

But the clink, which closed in 2013, was the site of dozens of hangings between 1826 and 1939 and it is believed more than 120 dead prisoners are buried in unmarked graves there.

This prison which has hundreds of years of history will be turned into luxury flats 

Alongside restoring and converting the original listed prison buildings into 38 one, two and three-bedroom flats, seven new buildings will be built to house another 164 apartments.

A rendering shows what the proposed site will look like when the development is completed

Currently the prison, which operated in 1792, still operates tourist tours and under the new plans a café and heritage centre will remain in the listed Chapel Wing for the public to enjoy.

Developers plan to keep the HMP Gloucester’s ‘indomitable’ perimeter walls intact – with some new parts of the site to be opened to the public for the first time in history.

Fred West committed at least 12 murders between 1967 and 1987 in Gloucestershire and who later died in Birmingham prison


Planners are also set to build a glazed ground floor viewing platform above the 12th century Castle Keep which was discovered during archaeological works.

The huge chapel in HMP Gloucester offered an opportunity for those with faith  to pray 

The prison’s former exercise yards will be landscaped with new trees planted and 114 car parking spaces created.

The Kray twins served time at the prison decades ago after they were finally caught and sentenced to life imprisonment 

Gloucester City Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to approve the plans, put forward by luxury developers City & Country, on May 1.

Richard Winsborough, associate director of planning at City & Country, said: ‘This is a fantastic outcome for Gloucester Prison and for the wider regeneration of the Quayside and Blackfriars area.

The jail dates back hundreds of years and hosts a series of unmarked graves

‘Working closely with the council, consultees and the community we have developed plans that will create a long-term and viable future use for the prison.

‘The historic features of the site are crucial elements of our plans, and thanks to the creation of a heritage space these can be enjoyed by all.’ 

The jail was the venue of hundreds of executions before the UK outlawed it 

HMP Gloucester has a long and chilling history with many of the executed criminals remaining buried in the grounds. 

The prison formally closed on 31 March 2013 but the haunting history is deeply etched within the fabric of this foreboding location. 



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