Redditch jail as soon as branded ‘the worst jail within the UK’ is put up on the market

As properties on the market go, this one nestling within the Worcestershire countryside is fairly distinctive. It isn’t usually the possibility to purchase a former jail comes up.

HMP Hewell has been put up on the market by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). It’s a new chapter for the beautiful constructing and grounds close to Redditch which have been housing inmates for almost 70 years.

Solely a few years in the past it was described by Authorities inspectors because the “worst open jail within the UK” and closed down. Now it’s listed on the market on the open market on Zoopla.

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No particulars have been given of the value tag – however the MoJ has mentioned it will not essentially be accepting the very best supply. It has additionally mentioned it should think about splitting up the large property and promoting off completely different elements to completely different consumers.

Up on the market is 247 acres of land and 22 listed buildings. The principle constructing – Hewell Grange – is Grade 1 listed and is the previous residence of the Earl and Countess of Plymouth and dates again to 1884.



The lake, parklands and gardens around Hewell Prison, which has been put up for sale


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The lake, parklands and gardens round Hewell Jail, which has been put up on the market

Hewell Grange is a three-storey Jacobean nation home, whereas the land contains outbuildings, a walled market backyard and a farm. The gardens had been designed by Functionality Brown and are themselves Grade II* listed.

The entire property is within the charming village of Tardebigge on the sting of Redditch. However for the final 70 years it has all the time been related to prisons.

It was bought to the Authorities within the Nineteen Forties and have become a jail in 1946. Its first incarnation was as a ‘borstal’ – the previous identify for what we now know as Younger Offenders’ Establishment.

Over time two different prisons had been constructed alongside it on the property: HMP Blakenhurst and HMP Brockhill. In 1991 the borstal shut and was grew to become a males’s jail and renamed HMP Hewell and was a a number of safety class jail for grownup males, starting from Class B to Class D.

In 2008 all three prisons on the positioning had been merged beneath the brand new identify HMP Hewell. Initially, the Ministry of Justice wished to name it HMP Redditch, however throughout a public session native residents objected to that, so it was referred to as HMP Hewell.

The Brockhill a part of the jail closed in 2011 as a part of a nationwide cost-saving train by the Authorities. And HMP Hewell hit the headlines in July 2017 when a riot broke out and Twister squads needed to be introduced in, leaving intensive harm to 1 wing.

However after a damning inspection in 2019, it closed in March 2020 and has now been up on the market. The Ministry of Justice advised WorcestershireLive: “The entire website is up on the market and all of the proceeds from any sale will return into the jail property.”

The property is listed on Zoopla, however no value has been placed on it. Within the itemizing, the MoJ mentioned: “We’re looking for to get rid of the entire, however might think about promoting in elements and reserves the precise to not settle for the very best or any supply.”

Any consumers should give particulars of what they plan to do with it and have expertise of working with listed buildings. They need to even be financially safe and have funding in place to finance the mission.

Full particulars of what is on the market can be found right here.

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