HM Prison Foston Hall

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HMP Foston Hall
Location Foston, Derbyshire
Security class Adult Female/Young Offenders
Population 300 (as of September 2015)
Opened 1997
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Clare Pearson
Website Foston Hall at

HM Prison Foston Hall is a women's closed category prison and Young Offenders Institution, located in the village of Foston in Derbyshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


The original Manor of Foston and Scropton was held by the Agard family from the 14th to the 17th century. It was bought by John Bate in 1679. Richard Bate was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1705.[1] Brownlow Bate sold the estate to John Broadhurst in 1784. The 17th century manor house was destroyed by fire in 1836, but many parts of that house survive.

A new Jacobethan house was designed by T.C. Hine of Nottingham and built in 1863.[2] Its main two storey front has eight bays and an off-centre three-storey tower. The house is now a Grade II listed building.

HM Prison Service acquired the Hall and grounds in 1953. During its Prison Service history Foston Hall has been a Detention Centre, an immigration centre, and finally before its closure during 1996 a satellite of Sudbury Prison. It was re-opened on 31 July 1997, following major refurbishment and building work, as a closed-category female prison.

The prison today[edit]

Foston Hall Prison is spread over seven wings that serve a variety of functions. The prison can accommodate 187 convicted prisoners, 80 remand prisoners and 16 juvenile prisoners. Foston Hall also has a Health Care Centre with three inpatient beds.

The prison provides inmates with work the prison gardens, the gym, the textile and craft workshop and the kitchens, all of which can lead to qualifications. In addition the prison's education department offers NVQs in Cleaning Services and hairdressing, as well as basic and key skills learning.

Notable former inmates[edit]


  1. ^ The History and Gazetteer of the County of Derby Vol 1 (1831) Stephen Glover. Appendix p. 12 Queen Anne. Google Books
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth (1978) [1953]. Derbyshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 315. ISBN 0-14-071008-6. 
  3. ^ "Maxine Carr moved to rural prison". BBC News. 26 March 2004. 
  4. ^ Sims, Paul (5 April 2012). "Karen Matthews". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 52°52′57″N 1°43′31″W / 52.8825°N 1.7254°W / 52.8825; -1.7254