Crosby Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   unknown  Crosby

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1847

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up, Dwelling House

Description

'This building, containing two cells, and apartments for two men, has been but lately erected, and was first occupied by the police on the 1st of November 1847. Its situation is central and unobjectionable. It belongs to the county. The cells are each 10 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 9 feet high ... They open, one into the apartments occupied by the sergeant in charge of the lock up house, and the other into the apartments of the private constable. There are two distinct sets of rooms but with a yard in common. The cell walls are rather damp at present, but appear to be gradually becoming dry. The cells are warmed by a hot-air apparatus, which does not work very well, the smoke getting into the cells. Each cell is lighted by a glazed window, which at present the prisoners are able to open, but which the keeper said he was going to have a lock put into it. The windows are covered with a thin wire grating, and are guarded by bars. The cells are ventilated by perforated plates in the walls, which the prisoner can open or close at his pleasure. The cells are provided with guard beds, but no bedding ... No night vessels are provided.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.85

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.85

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