Bilston Borough Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Staffordshire

Location   police station  Bilston

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'The lock up house of this town, whose defects were brought under the notice of the Secretary of State by a special report in 1850, has now been entirely abandoned, and a house was occupied at the time of my last inspection in December 1851 as a police station and lock up house, pending the building, on a piece of land adjoining, a very complete establishment for these purposes. The cells for the confinement of prisoners in thie temporary building are three in numberm and seem to have been originally the cellars of the dwelling house in which they are contained. It would be easy to point out many and great defects in their ventilation and other qualities if it were not for the consideration that they will shortly be superseded by others upon a better construction. Two prisoners were in confinement at the time of my visit; one for an assault, and the other on suspicion of having stolen 11 fowls, which were found in his possession but for which he was unable to account. It is remarkable that, although he had been a fortnight under remand, no claimant for the fowls had appeared.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.74

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.74

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