Derby Gaol was built in 1756 and is the second of three county gaols in Derby. Conditions within the gaol were appalling and all prisoners were contained together-male, female, young, old, tried, untried, sane and insane. All were incarcerated together and it was a daily occurrence for crimes to be committed on unwitting new or weak inmates. Valuables were often stolen to pay the gaoler for alcohol. and prisoners were frequently murdered for the clothes on their backs. Add to this the number of people executed, sometimes for very trivial crimes, and you have all the ingredients for a very haunted place. Its gruesome past has resulted in Derby Gaol being featured twice on Most Haunted and is now hailed as one of the most haunted places in the country.
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