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Parkhurst Prison

Parkhurst Prison

Parkhurst Prison

Parkhurst Prison is one of the three prisons that make up HMP Isle of Wight, the other two being Albany and Camp Hill. Parkhurst and Albany were once amongst the few top security prisons in the country but were downgraded in the 1990s.

Notorious inmates at Parkhurst have included the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, Moors Murderer Ian Brady and the Kray Twins.

It was built as a military hospital in 1805 and later transformed into a prison for boys awaiting deportation, mainly to Australia.

From 1863 to 1869 it served as a female prison but since this date has been solely a male prison. The three prisons were made part of a cluster prison with one governor in charge in 2009.

Parkhurst houses just under 500 prisoners and the whole site has a capacity of around 1700 men.