Bingley Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

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

Description

'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

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.106

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