Chester Police Lock Ups

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Market Place  Chester

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c1840

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   It is unclear from the Prison Inspectorate Reports whether multiple lock ups were inspected and where these were located in Chester. Only one lock up was described in any detail, the first inspected by Prison Inspectors in 1840 which had been recently constructed in market place almost contiguous to town hall.

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'these temporary places of detention were not fit for the reception of prisoners, inasmuch as they were deficient in light and ventilation, and without any provision for the supply of artificial heat to the prisoners during the winter season.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.109

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.109
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.461), p.40
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.1), p.29
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIV.1), p.144
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.167), p.75
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.97

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