Bellingham Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Northumberland

Location   unknown  Bellingham

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up


'This lock up house consists of two cells, each about 13 feet long, 7 feet broad, and 10 feet high, but, as in the case of the other lock up houses mentioned in this Report [ie. Wooler, Rothbury, Stamfordham], there is no provision for warming the building. Unglazed apertures (through which spirituous liquors or anything else may be handed in) serve as windows, and there is no accommodation for a resident keeper. The lock up house stands in the middle of the village, and on the slope of a hill. In wet weather the ground reound about is very dirty. The roof lets in waterm and cells are damp ... Each cell has the usual wooden guard bed, with loose straw and rugs for bedding. The place was clean, but there is a want of night-stools and other furnishings.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Twelfth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847, XXIX.381), p.135

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Twelfth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847, XXIX.381), p.135


Archive name: Northumberland Archives

Catalogue ref: Q/A/G

Collection: Northumberland Quarter Sessions

Description: One box of papers survived and should include papers including some relating to Bellingham, Kirkwhelpington, North Sunderland and Wooler Lock-ups, contracts and specifications

Dates: 1841-1851


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