In the Second World War, the prison was taken over by British and Americans troops and by the end of 1944, it is said that 16 Americans were hanged and 2 were executed by firing squads for crimes that included rape and murder. The British military used the prison, specifically cell 10 to house and protect many important historical documents. It has been said that in its time the room was home to Lord Nelsons logbook from the HMS Victory, the Doomsday Book, a copy of the Magna Carter and even a signed agreement by Neville Chamberlain and Hitler himself.
A white woman apparition has been report wandering the now empty labyrinth of hallways and cells. In recent times staff of the prison have reported seeing Ghostly American Servicemen wandering aimlessly as they would have done when they were stationed here.
The location: Shepton Mallet Prison
Address: HMP Shepton Mallet, Frithfield Lane, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LU
Parking: Local street parking and car parks
Accessibility: Most areas are accessible but some steps to some areas