Addingham Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   unknown  Addingham

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This is a small damp cell, built on the side of a hill. It is very insecure (so much so, that the keeper said that he considered it necessary for a prisoner confined in it to be watched) and it is dirty, and totally unfit for use. The keeper stated that unless prisoners are very dirty, or very ill-behaved, he seldom put them in the lock up house, but took them to a public house. The cell is 11 feet long, 7 1/2 feet wide, and 7 feet high ... It is lighted by a grated opening communicating with the street, and through which a prisoner could be supplied with spirits and instruments of escape; and the keeper stated that some time ago a prisoner had escaped, by breaking through the ceiling by means of a crowbar, which had been supplied to him through this grating. There is a guard bed and loose straw for bedding.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.107

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.107

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