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HM Prison Shrewsbury was a Category B/C men’s prison in Shrewsbury Shropshire, England. It closed in March 2013.
The former prison site, on Howard Street, adjacent to Shrewsbury railway station, is near the site of the Dana Gaol, a medieval prison.
There has been a prison on the site since 1793,with the present prison building was constructed in 1877. The prison took female convicts until 1922
The Dana is still often used for the prison, as well as being the name of the road to one side of the prison, and the pedestrian route that runs from near the front of the prison into the town centre via a footbridge over the station.
A bust of prison reformer John Howard is above the main entrance to the prison. The street leading up to the prison from the main road is also named after him.
Between 1902 and 1961 seven people were executed by hanging within the walls of HMP Shrewsbury for the crime of murder.
In almost every case the murder victim was female. Executions took place at 8.00 am. All executed prisoners were buried in unmarked grave inside the prison, as was customary. In February 2014 the Ministry of Justice stated that the remains of ten executed prisoners were exhumed from the prison in 1972, with nine cremated at a local crematorium and the ashes scattered there, with the last remaining body being handed over to their family.
In 2004 a Member of Parliament called for an enquiry into the number of suicides which had occurred at Shrewsbury Prison. This came after 3 inmates had hanged themselves at the jail in 2 weeks.
In 2005, it was reported that Shrewsbury prison was the most overcrowded in England and Wales. In 2008 a further report stated that the prison had 178 places in use, but held 326 inmates, an overcrowding of 183%.
In 2013 the closure was announced, The last inmates were taken from Shrewsbury to other prisons on 27th February 2013 and completely closed in the March.
This incredibly atmospheric Prison is reputedly haunted by those that sadly lost their life to the notorious hangman and his noose in this once harsh and unforgiving location.