Location Barnstaple Prison, at The Square Barnstaple
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock Up, Prison
'This building adjoins the prison, with reference to which it is most inconveniently placed, not only from overlooking the airing yard ... But also from having a door opening into one of the yards, which is a source of insecurity; for, as the keeper of the lock up house and his family use the yard for drying clothes, and fetch water from it, the traffic in and out of the prison is continual ... It consists of two cells, 12 feet by 6 feet, and 10 feet high, each containing a barrack bed on one side, with straw and rugs, but no other bedding. There are neither shutters nor glass to the windows, and the cells, not being artificially warmed, are very damp and cold.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.147
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