Location next to the church, churchyard Cocksburnspath
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock-Up
'The place used as a lock-up house at Cockburnspath is a wretched damp hovel put up at one end of the church, and standing in the churchyard. It is about 15 1/2 feet long, 13 feet broad, and about 12 feet high. It is fortunately insecure, so that any one who is not very feeble may soon force his way out. I found the place as dirty as it is damp; there is a fireplace, but the window is unglazed. ... The last instance of imprisonment remembered by the boy at the inn, who procured a key for me, was the case of a woman, two or three months ago, who remained through the night. If she left without having a fit of rheumatism or an attack of illness of some kind, she had cause for congratulation.''
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 21
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