Haunted Littledean Jail

Home to the "Crime Through Time" exhibition, Littledean Jail had been on the radar for Real Or Otherside Paranormal Research for some time due to the many reports of activity including museum exhibits shaking, shadows in cell doorways, people being dragged from the electric chair, sounds of children crying, footsteps in the courtyard and the presence of a former jailer … but what supernatural forces would Real Or Otherside Paranormal Research encounter?

Located in the heart of the Forest-Of-Dean building work commenced on Littledean Jail in 1788 and, at the time, was one of the most up-to-date and revolutionary correction houses of its' time. The jail is now owned by Andy Jones and is home to him and his family as well as housing a museum with memorabilia from around the globe.

The investigation was held on Saturday 28th January and was the first location on Real Or Otherside’s first ever ‘Double Investigation’ – keeping great company with The Ship Inn in Newnham.

Along with us for the ride were some great friends of Real Or Otherside - James Meek, Max Ratcliffe, Lucy Dunk and Debbie Mains (Investigator In Training).

Our thanks go to Nicola at Littledean for her hospitality and for also putting us in touch with The Ship Inn.

On the night we had complete access to all areas of the jail, except the living quarters, where all of the activity has been reported and in total we captured 6 hours of video and audio. After the initial review process we'd recorded a total of 17 potential 'hits’ which, after secondary analysis/enhancement, were reduced to 5 ’hits’ which we believe to be of interest and are presenting here.

We have graded each hit against our R.O.O. SCALE, to provide a guide as to how ‘unusual’ we believe them to be. Ultimately only you can decide … is it Real Or Otherside?

More details on how we analyze, review and present evidence can be found in our Techniques section.


Rather than you, the reader, having to sit through the hours of footage we capture on location we have produced a video containing the evidence highlights from the investigation.

It is important to point out, however, that whilst the footage is condensed into this ‘digestible’ format what you see and hear is as it happened on location. The only modifications made during the editing process are volume increases for some of the low-level audio hits along with minor cuts to provide a compressed version of events should the event take place over several minutes.

Now sit back, relax and decide for yourself … is it Real Or Otherside?

LITTLEDEAN JAIL: FINAL EVIDENCE VIDEO [Real Or Otherside Paranormal Research]

We always hope to capture any hits during an investigation on our equipment which can then be presented as part of our video evidence. Sometimes though we have experiences that are not, or cannot be, captured. We refer to these as Personal Experiences and present these to you now – along with our thoughts on the location itself:


It's not every day you get the opportunity to investigate a 16th century jail and this was one location I could not wait to get inside and begin investigating. Was it what I was expecting? Well, yes and no. The location was fascinating but I knew pretty quickly we were going to have trouble with the many reflections cast from the glass frames adorning the cell fronts.

The only evidence we obtained from the investigation was further torch activity and another "sparkle" – both of which we are looking at in more detail and hope to be able to clarify with our new equipment from the USA. At no time, except for when Rick decided to creep his way back in to the room on my lone vigil (!!!), did I feel any kind of presence or that the activity might "kick off" at any time.

As a side note I would say the "Holocaust Room" certainly captured my attention. As well as investigating the paranormal I also have a keen interest in World War II and I found some of the items in the room particularly poignant and thought provoking. I in no way condone the atrocities that were carried out during the war but I also feel it is important to educate people about how low the human race is capable of sinking but also how others show great courage in the face of adversity.



Littledean Jail… what a fascinating place.  If you can look past the veneer of the ‘Crime Through Time’ Museum artefacts (which are fascinating, and ever so slightly unsettling themselves) – the building oozes history!

Nicola was absolutely lovely.  She took time to show us around and point the ‘hot spots’, and even invited me in for a cuppa when I turned up half and hour early :)   During the investigation itself however, I have to see that Littledean refused to give up any of its secrets.

We did experience some apparent torch communication, but it was very sporadic and to be honest I am not convinced it was anything more than a faulty torch.  The one that became ‘active’ was a ‘cheap-as-chips’ garage forecourt torch, and when we introduced our regular Maglites into the equation – they failed to show any signs of activity.

Starting with our Leicester Square investigation, we will introduce some new Paranormal Research hardware, which should hopefully allow us to get to the bottom of these bouts of ‘torch communication’ once and for all… watch this space.


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