HM Prison Bullwood Hall

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HMP Bullwood Hall
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HMP Bullwood Hall viewed from the west
LocationHockley, Essex
Security classAdult Female/Young Offender
Population248 (as of December 2012)
Managed byHM Prison Services
WebsiteBullwood Hall at

HM Prison Bullwood Hall is a former Category C women's prison and Young Offenders Institution, located in Hockley, Essex, England. The prison was operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Bullwood Hall was built in the 1960s originally as a female borstal. Over time the prison also began to hold female adult prisoners.

In 2002 Bullwood Hall was featured in a series of six 30 minute documentaries titled "The Real Bad Girls".[1] Although the series portrayed the prison in a positive light, a 2005 report condemned Bullwood Hall for still using the practice of slopping out.[2] A year later the prison was singled out for its high levels of attempted suicides and self-harm amongst inmates.[3]

Bullwood Hall continued to serve as a women's prison until 2006, when it was announced that it was to be converted into a Category C male prison, due to a shortage of male prison places.

On 10 January 2013 it was announced by the government that Bullwood Hall is one of 7 British prisons to be closed. The prison closed on Thursday 28 March 2013.[4] In November 2015 outline planning proposals were submitted to redevelop the site for residential use, including 60 homes.[5]

Notable former inmates[edit]


  1. ^ "Real Bad Girls". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Women inmates forced to slop out". BBC News. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Report criticises women's prison". BBC News. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  4. ^ Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  5. ^ Philip Jones (2015-11-17). "Former Hockley prison site, Bullwood Hall, to get makeover into 60 homes". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ Harvey, Maureen (2008-05-05). Pure Evil - How Tracie Andrews murdered my son, deceived the nation and sentenced me to a life of pain and misery. ISBN 9781843582397.

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Coordinates: 51°35′38″N 0°37′59″E / 51.59389°N 0.63306°E / 51.59389; 0.63306