Blackburn Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   police station  Blackburn

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'This lock-up house, containing four cells, is situated in a rather low situation, about the centre of town, and forms part of the police station. The cells are of the following dimensions, viz., 9 feet long, 7 feet wide, 7 feet high, and containing about 450 cubic feet each. There is a house for the superintendent of police, rooms for the constables, and a room for the magistrates, but this last is small and inconvenient. The cells are lighted by an iron grating opening into a passage, but one of the cells is nearly dark. They are warmed by a hot water apparatus, which appears to work very well. The ventilation is at present insufficient ... There are wooden benches to lie on, but no bedding. The cells were clean and in neat order ... the number of prisoners last year was 520; that the greatest number at one time was 6; and the longest time that any person has been detained was four days. A large portion of the 520 prisoners, the superintendent said, had been merely lodged in this lock-up house while passing through Blackburn on their way to Preston.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.66

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.66

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