Littledean Jail and the famous ‘crime through time’ collection is one of the most controversial, yet truly brilliant Museums that I have ever visited. However, what took me completely by surprise, was the fact that many of their exhibits don’t just focus on crime itself, but many other famous individuals that crime has fringed upon and to truly understand the museum, I think you need to know more about its owners. Despite the museum showcasing some of the most gruesome of life’s crimes and criminals, Andy and Nicola Jones, and their children who all live above the Jail are one of the most nicest families you’ll ever meet. Andy himself has developed this museum that actually does what it says on the tin, nothing more, nothing less! As a travel journalist and someone who totally believes in freedom of speech, I applaude Andy for bravely standing by his values in the putting together of this truly bold exhibition.
Attraction in Glos
Once you enter the jail, through where the old courthouse once stood (sadly demolished and ripped_out by its previous owners back in 1986) you will come face to face with an extraordinary Aladdin’s Cave of curiosities. This eclectic private collection touches on a great many sad, disturbing, quirky and at times taboo subject matters - so again be warned!!!
It is an intriguing collection which includes a great many rare and historically significant exhibit items including the hangman’s noose that was used on the man they couldn’t hang - John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee. The skull remains of the last man in Britain to be gibbetted, then hung, drawn and quartered and touching closer to more modern times, you’ll find the tools and belongings of Gloucestershire’s infamous serial killers... Fred and Rose West on display.