In the prison yard there is a Mulberry bush around which female prisoners used to walk for exercise. It is held that (by the prison itself not the least) this is the origin of the children's nursery rhyme 'Here we go round the Mulberry bush'.
One of Wakefield's most 'famous' inmates is Charles Bronson (real name Michael Peterson) who has spent a total of 36 years in solitary confinement in the prison system, and is known as 'Britain's most violent prisoner'. Wakefield has a special 'cage' which has been adjudged to be the only safe place in which to keep Bronson.
Even more notoriously, Robert Maudsley has been kept in solitary confinement here in a specially built cell since 1983.