Bath County Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Somerset

Location   unknown  Bath

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Dwelling House

Description

'The attention of the Secretary of State having been called by a memorial from certain magistrates of the county of Somerset to the state of the county lock up house, I inspected that building early in the year 1851, and found it, as described in the memorial, entirely unfit for the purposes to which it is applied. It consists only of a single room and a small closet opening from it, on the basement floor of a dwelling house (of which it appears to have been the butlers pantry), now inhabited by several families, and having one room used for public meetings of different descriptions. In this room male prisoners are confined, but it is the custom when women are committed to send them to the borough lock up house near the town hall ... Independently however, of the want of sufficient accommodation, the room is very insecure, and might easily be broken out of by any person of ordinary strength and ingenuity.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.91

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.91

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