Fred and Rose West 25 Cromwell Street

Appropriate Adult: Is 25 Cromwell Street still there and other details of Fred and Rose West’s ‘House of Horrors’

The house had a large cellar and back garden

Fred and Rose West carried out horrific killings at their home at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester – but is it still there?

Their ‘House of Horrors’, as it became known, was the site of the notorious couple’s rapes, murders and mutilations.

What became of the home they shared with their children?

Fred and Rose West, 25 Cromwell Street
Fred and Rose West buried nine of their victims at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester (Credit: ITV)

Is 25 Cromwell Street still there?

Fred and Rose West’s home at 25 Cromwell Street, which he bought in 1973, was demolished in 1996.

It’s where they satisfied their sadistic sexual appetites by torturing their victims with whips and mutilating them. They would later hide the bodies by burying them.

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The home included a large cellar, which the couple used as a torture chamber.

As they had spare rooms, Fred and Rose West took in lodgers, some of whom they killed.

25 Cromwell Street Google Maps
Today, there’s a public walkway at the site of 25 Cromwell Street (Credit: Google)

The cellar was the main place they buried bodies. However, when there was no more space, they put them under paving slabs in the back garden.

The Independent reported at the time that Gloucester City Council bought the property for £40,000. The authority also bought the neighbouring property for an undisclosed sum.

Police had to seal off the street to traffic, with a police guard set up to prevent people taking objects from the house or garden as souvenirs.

Fred and Rose West buried nine of the victims at 25 Cromwell Street.

Authorities knocked the building down and replaced it with a public walkway connecting to the city centre.

Appropriate Adult
The 2011 drama Appropriate Adult explored the investigation into Fred and Rose West (Credit: ITV)

What is an appropriate adult?

An appropriate adult is an individual who serves as an independent presence in a police investigation.

Their aim is to protect the interests, rights, entitlements and welfare of children or vulnerable adults suspected of committing a crime.

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Normally, the appropriate adult is a parent, guardian or social worker. But if none are available, it can be any responsible person over the age of 18.

The story of the investigation into Fred and Rose West’s killings was explored in the two-part ITV drama Appropriate Adult.

In the 2011 programme, police brought in Janet Leach (played by Emily Watson) as they initially feared killer Fred West didn’t fully understand them.

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