Location courthouse, Hall-Fags Bradford
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Courthouse
'These lock-ups were clean at the time of my visit and contained four prisoners ... It appears that the part of this establishment which is appropriated to the females is also used as a nightly receptacle for vagrants of the same sex ... I am of opinion that the selection of the basement of the courthouse as a nightly refuge for vagrants is not a very judicious one, and the associating them with prisoners charged with offences is very improper. I notice, also, that the three male prisoners were sleeping in one cell, and in the same bed, other cells being unoccupied; although it is but just, also, to state that, the reason assigned for this being the case was, that the cells were in the course of cleaning for the reception of the prisoners who would be brought to take their trials at the sessions on the ensuing Monday.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.142
'A convenient and handsome court-house, with lock-ups in the basement, has just been erected in this town ... The lock-ups are constructed upon a convenient plan, the apartments for males and females being completely apart from each other. The cells open into a spacious covered area, under the court-house, amply sufficient for exercise, and it is proposed to enclose the whole building with a boundary wall ... Bedding - straw palliasse, 3 blankets and rug for each prisoner ... From October Sessions 1834, to the same period in 1836, 724 prisoners have passed through these lock-ups.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.499), p.141
'The courthouse, at Hall-Fags, is a neat and convenient structure, with lockups in the basement; and was built in 1834, at a cost of £6,250.'
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/857930]
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Archive name: West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale
Catalogue ref: CN/48
Collection: Walker family papers
Description: Bradford prison and house conveyance