Birkenhead Town Lock Up

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   unknown  Birkenhead

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up

Description

'This building consists of two stories, the apartments in the upper story being evidently intended for bed-cells, and the lower for day rooms. The condition of the day rooms, to which the prisoners night and day were restricted, was most disgraceful. They were dirty in the extreme, as were also the privies and the exterior yard, adjoining the keepers residence. A large stack of dust, ash and other dirt was piled up between the day rooms. The interior of the day rooms had not, apparently, been whitewashed for a length of time, and although there were several prisoners confined at the time, had not been cleaned during their occupation. In another day room, equally as filthy, was a woman with a child at the breast, who had been there two days, with nothing to lie upon but a dirty sack, partly filled with straw, and without any other covering at night. This cell, although it ha been occupied for several days by a man with typhus fever, had neither been whitewashed or even cleaned previous to the reception of the women I found there.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Ninth Report (Parl. Papers, 1844, XXIX.227), p.145

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Ninth Report (Parl. Papers, 1844, XXIX.227), p.145

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Catalogue ref: CJP 20/6/17-24

Collection: Cheshire Constabulary

Description: Cheshire Constabulary - headquarters and general, Birkenhead division. Papers relating to Birkenhead Lock-up. These papers also contain records relating to the need for Lock-ups for Liscard and north of Wallasey Pool. Also, report of meeting of Wirral Magistrates to discuss the leasing and conversion of a Lock-up in Birkenhead owned by Mr Price, details of terms under which Mr Price would either sell or lease the Lock-up to the Magistrates, ground and first floor plans as existing, and with proposed alterations (Architect H. Cole).

Dates: 1833


Archive name: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Catalogue ref: CJP 20/6/21

Collection: Cheshire Constabulary

Description: Cheshire Constabulary - headquarters and general, Birkenhead division. Papers relating to Birkenhead Lock-up. Report of John Aspinall concerning increase in crime at Liscard and need for a secure Lock-up (15 October 1833).

Dates: 1833


Archive name: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Catalogue ref: CJP 20/6/22

Collection: Cheshire Constabulary

Description: Cheshire Constabulary - headquarters and general. Birkenhead division. Papers relating to Birkenhead Lock-up. Copy letter, Liscard, near Egremont Ferry John Greene to Earl of Stamford complaining about the lack of Magistrates and Lock-ups in the area and high level of crime. With copy reply (16 November 1833) from Earl of Stamford explaining how his attempts to remedy the situation have so far been fruitless.

Dates: 1833


Archive name: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Catalogue ref: QAB 1/3

Collection: Cheshire Quarter Sessions

Description: Minutes of Magistrates Committees, concerns include lock-up at Birkenhead

Dates: 1831-1838


Archive name: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Catalogue ref: CJP 20/6/3

Collection: Cheshire Constabulary

Description: Cheshire Constabulary - headquarters and general, Birkenhead division. Lock-up book (register) (January 1848-February 1850).

Dates: 1848-1850


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