HMP Wakefield

Wakefield Prison

Tel: 01924 612 000 – 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 9AG

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HMP Wakefield is a high-security category A / B prison, holding adult males who are considered some of the most dangerous inmates in the country. The prison has been in existence since 1594, when it was a House of Correction. Despite its age, most of the buildings used in the prison complex only date back as far as the Victorian era. The prison focuses on serious sex offenders and has a capacity of 751. If you’d like to find out directions to HMP Wakefield, please use the map on this page.

Tel: 01924 612 000

Operational capacity: 751

5 Love Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 9AG

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HMP Wakefield is a category A prison in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Opened in 1594 as a correction house, the prison has capacity to hold 751 high security male prisoners. The prison has been dubbed the “Monster Mansion”, due to the notorious inmates it holds.

Wings A to D are the residential units. Wing F is the segregation unit and close supervision centre.    The health care centre holds inpatients.

HMP Wakefield is where the nursery rhyme “Here we go round the mulberry bush” (by R S Duncan, prison governor at the time) originated, as a mulberry bush in the exercise yard was used to exercise the female inmates in the original correction facility.

Charles Bronson, known as “the most violent prisoner in Britain” and “Britain’s most notorious prisoner”, has been held in HMP Wakefield since 2014. He was sentenced to life for armed robbery, wounding, criminal damage, GBH, false imprisonment, blackmail and threatening to kill.

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Visiting hours are 14:00 – 16:00 on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Here's some facts about Wakefield prison

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  • Inmates were planning to perform a rock opera, which they refer to as “Monsters of Rock”, written by a “sex killer”.

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  • HMP Wakefield is also known as the “Monster Mansion” due to the number of notorious inmates held there

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  • Famous inmates include Charles Bronson, Ian Watkins (LostProphets) and Ian Huntley (Soham murderer).

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  • It’s believed that the nursery rhyme ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’ originated in this prison, as there is a mulberry tree in the exercise yard. However, this has never been officially proved.

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  • Harold Shipman committed suicide in HMP Wakefield in 2004.

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