Barnstaple Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Devon

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

Description

'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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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.147

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