Inside Holloway: Notorious prison inmates from Myra Hindley to Maxine Carr and Tracey Connelly


Holloway was the largest women’s prison in Europe and played ‘home’ to some of the UK’s most evil criminals.

Brutal serial killer Myra Hindley is just one notorious inmate who served time at the prison on Parkhurst Road, London.

Over its 164-year history, Holloway witnessed other iconic moments including The Suffragette movement which saw Emmeline Pankhurst locked away there.

In 2016, Holloway was closed for good with women being sent to other prisons outside of London.

It remained derelict until the housing association, Peabody, bought the site from the Ministry of Justice in 2019.

Alongside a proposed 980 homes, the £81.5 million project will see a 1.5 acre public park and a landmark centre called ‘Women’s Building’, which will provide support services with an emphasis on women.

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Channel 5 show Inside Holloway explores the history of the famous prison and its inmates.

The two-part documentary takes viewers through the halls, cells, and stories of one of the most notorious jails in British history.

So let’s take a look at some of the famous prisoners who were imprisoned at infamous London prison Holloway.

Maxine Carr




Maxine Carr was the partner of Ian Huntley, the man who murdered schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

She provided Huntley with a false alibi which saw her jailed three-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice. School caretaker Huntley was caged for 40 years for the murders of Holly and Jessica.

Carr served 21 months of her jail term and was given a new identity on her release in 2004 amid concerns she would be attacked.

She is just one of four ex-UK prisoners protected by lifelong anonymity – along with James Bulger’s murderers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables and child killer Mary Bell.

Reports say she has since rebuilt her life and married in 2004.



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Tracey Connelly



Tracey Connelly

Tracey Connelly is possibly more commonly known as the mother of Baby P.

First known publicly as Baby P, Peter died at just 17-months-old at his home in Tottenham, North London, on August 3, 2007.

He had suffered more than 50 injuries – despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police, and health professionals over eight months – at the hands of Connelly’s partner Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen.

At their 2008 trial, Owen and Barker were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child while Connelly pleaded guilty.

Connelly admitted her offence and was handed a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) with a minimum term of five years.

She served some of her sentence at Holloway Prison.

Connelly was initially released in 2013 but was locked up again two years later after breaking the terms of her indefinite sentence by flogging porn pics of herself, reports The Sun.

Connelly has made three attempts to be set free – in 2015, 2017 and 2019 – but each was refused by the Parole Board.

Ruth Ellis




Ruth Ellis is one of the most famous former inmates at Holloway.

She was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey for shooting her lover, 25-year-old racing driver David Blakely, outside the Magdala public house in North London.

She was 28-years-old when authorities hanged her in 1955 for the murder.

Ellis was the last woman to be executed in the UK.

Myra Hindley




Serial killer Myra Hindley was one-half of the couple who carried out the Moors Murders.

Along with Ian Brady, they murdered at least five children between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Manchester.

The couple was brought to trial on April 27, 1966, Hindley went to HM Prison Holloway, while partner Ian Brady went to HM Prison Durham.

She died November 15 2002 at the age of 60.



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Other inmates

Although Holloway is famed for being a women’s prison it did also house men at one point, and not everyone was a killer.

Writer and poet Oscar Wilde once spent time at Holloway on charges of sodomy and gross indecency before and during his trial.

He was moved to London’s Newgate Prison, and then Pentonville Prison.

Following run-ins with the authorities hero suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst also served time at Holloway Prison.

During the early 20th century, courts imprisoned more than 300 suffragettes at Holloway.

*Inside Holloway airs at 10pm on Channel 5 on Wednesday





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