Location workhouse, Myrtle Place Bingley
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock Up, Workhouse
'This lock up house, containing six cells, is tolerably well situated in the upper part of the town, adjoining to the workhouse. It belongs to the town. The cells are each 8 1/2 feet long, 6 1/2 feet wide, and 8 feet high ... They open into passages which are lighted by grated openings in the wall looking into the workhouse yard. The openings have shutters, which the constable, who showed the building stated, were generallyclosed at night. The cells are lighted and ventilated by grates over the doors. There is also a small grate at the back of each cell for ventilation, and it seemed to answer its purpose tolerably well. The lower cells are damp, and the only provision for warming is a stove in the passage on the ground floor; but the keeper stated, that it was very seldom used. There is no resident keeper, but the cells are secure ... Two of the cells are furnished with iron bedsteads, straw mattresses, blankets and rugs; the other cells are unfurnished ... The constable stated that there were very seldom any female prisoners, but that when there were any they were not put in the cells, but stayed at the keepers house.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.106
We don’t have any historical or contemporary pictures of this lock-up at present. If you could give us one, or maybe several, we would be delighted! Follow this link to submit an image of this lock-up. For more information on how to photograph lock ups for the purposes of historical research, please see our User Guide.