Location police station, Bridewell Street Bristol
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened c1843
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
'The central police station of this town, situate in Bridewell-street, is one of the most complete establishments of the kind in this district. It has been opened about six years, and consists of an office for receiving charges ... and other offices, on the ground floor. In a passage leading down one side are ten cells for male and female prisoners, marked with letters indicative of the classes of inmates they are intended to contain. Each of these cells measures 8 feet by 6, with a height of 12 feet; they are warmed by Hadens plan, but indifferently ventilated, except when the wooden doors are opened. There is a water closet in each cell, with a very abundant supply of water under the control of the officer outside. Each cell is closed with an iron dat, and also by a wooden door; but the latter, for the reason assigned above, is seldom shut.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.579), p.186
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