HM Prison High Down

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HMP High Down
Location Banstead, Surrey
Security class Adult Male/Category B
Population 996[citation needed] (as of July 2016)
Opened 1990s
Managed by HM Prison Services
Website High Down at

HM Prison High Down is a Category B men's local prison. High Down is located on the outskirts of Banstead in Surrey, England (overlooking Banstead Downs), and is immediately adjacent to the southern boundary of Belmont in Greater London. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service, and is situated in proximity to Downview Prison for women.


High Down Prison was built in the 1990s on the site previously occupied by Banstead Lunatic Asylum. Banstead Asylum was built in 1877, and held psychiatric patients until its demolition in 1989.

In November 2010 the prison football team played a friendly match against League Two side Wycombe Wanderers, losing 8-0.[1]

The prison today[edit]

High Down Prison accepts prisoners (both convicted and on remand) from Croydon and Guildford Crown Courts and surrounding Magistrates' Courts.[2] There is a visitors centre at the prison with facilities including Baby changing facilities and a Crèche.[3] Conditions for prisoners deteriorated badly following staff cuts.[4]

Accommodation and facilities[edit]

  • Showers on each landing
  • Pinphone system in use
  • Sentence Planning
  • Drug Counseling
  • Detox unit
  • First Night in Prison scheme
  • Bail Information Scheme
  • Prisoners can wear own clothes


  • In-patient capacity of 23 beds in single cells
  • Day Centre facility within in-patient area for both in-patients and outpatients
  • Dental service x 3 times a week
  • Optician fortnightly
  • Chiropody weekly
  • Asthma weekly
  • Sexual health service weekly
  • Integrated Substance Misuse service
  • Associate Specialist Psychiatrist daily x5 days and Consultant Psychiatrist x 3 sessions per week
  • GP and out of hours service


  • Civilian caterers employed by the Prison Service
  • NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Food Prep & Cooking and Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Foundation Food Hygiene course
  • BICS Cleaning course and the Manager is an Internal Verifier
  • Up to 24 prisoners at a time are employed and all are involved in vocational training
  • Prospective employers are invited to specially arranged lunches 3 times a year, to encourage the employment of ex-offenders into the hospitality industry
  • The Clink restaurant

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Gary Glitter - jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court in 2015 following conviction for multiple historic child sexual offences, was moved to HMP High Down one month into his sentence.[5]


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Coordinates: 51°20′08″N 0°11′23″W / 51.3355°N 0.1897°W / 51.3355; -0.1897