Location George Street, now known as Police Street Altrincham
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened 1838
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Replaced the lock-up, or dungeon, next to the Butter Market (i.e. courthouse) (https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/altringham-lock-up-house/). Built on Lower George Street, which later became known as Police Street, behind the Malt Shovels. In 1841, police constable Isaac Turton lived next to the lock-up. Now demolished, but the Museum of Policing in Cheshire website has some old photographs taken before demolition.
'One can speculate on the social conclusions which can be drawn from the occupants of the police lock-ups on the night of the Census . These included an ironstone miner, a puddler, two labourers (one Irish), an eighteen year old Scottish painter, and a chair bottomer!'
Don Bayliss, Hilda Bayliss, Chris Hill, Judith Lipman, Hazel Pryor, 'A Cheshire Market Town in Victorian Times: Altrincham in 1841', Altrincham Historical Society, Occasional Paper no.5 (1994), p. 31
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