Bodmin Gaol (alternatively Bodmin Jail) is a tourist attraction and former prison situated in Bodmin, on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Now partially in ruins, the building displays small exhibits of infamous villains taken captive in Bodmin and offers a grim view into the criminal culture of Cornwall in days gone by.
The History of Bodmin Gaol
The exhibits are not lavish and are fairly basic in design, showcasing gory mannequins accompanied with plaques, describing the offence committed by particular persons and their sentence, in their respective cells. Because of the nature of Bodmin Gaol, it has been likened to such attractions as The London Dungeon.
Bodmin Gaol was built in 1779, and was operational for 150 years, in which it saw over 50 public hangings. It was the first British prison to hold prisoners in separate cells (though often up to 10 at a time) rather than communally. During World War I the prison was deemed worthy to hold some of Britain’s priceless national treasures including the Domesday Book and the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The Ghosts of Bodmin Gaol
Bodmin Gaol is noted for its alleged hauntings, attracting the attention of visitors, TV cameras and paranormal investigation organisations.
The reported phenomena include ghosts of apparent former prisoners which have been reported in both cells and corridors alike, strange voices and other unexplained noises which can be heard, light anomalies seen by eye, temperature fluctuations, touching sensations and the sense of oppression.
It was at Bodmin Gaol where the infamous Kreed Kafer story concerning Derek Acorah originated from. Derek was alledgedly possessed by a spirit called Kreed Kafer who had been a prisoner in the Gaol. In fact, the name had been made up by Most Haunteds parapsychologist Ciaran O’Keeffe as a test to see if Derek would pick up on the name. Kreed Kafer is an anagram of Derek Faker.