THE owner of a controversial jail museum has got his eye on Gloucester Prison.
Andy Jones, whose Littledean Jail museum displays items from murderers including Rose West and Myra Hyndley, said if his bid to buy the 222-year-old jail on The Quay succeeds, he would keep it as original as possible.
Malmaison, the firm behind Oxford's former jailhouse hotel has expressed an interest in the complex, which is mainly Victorian but parts of which date back to a castle keep.
It's believed 122 convicts who were hanged there were buried under the prison.
"It's in the hands of the Ministry of Justice," said Mr Jones, who moved his Crime Through Time Museum from Newent to Littledean 10 years ago.
"I would like to retain it as it is. I know if a hotel was built there, its character would change.
"I would allow it to be used for ghost tours and a Gloucester Prison exhibition."
The 321 inmates and 200 staff had gone from the site by March, following a decision from the Ministry of Justice.
A spokesman for the Government department said no decisions on its future had been taken.
"The Ministry of Justice is working with Gloucester City Council and others to discuss potential future uses of the HMP Gloucester site," he said. "No decisions have yet been made."
Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said the MoJ was consulting the council as the planning authority.
"There are a number of potential uses which it could be turned to and from a planning point of view the council would consider a museum in the same way it would consider other potential uses."