Location town hall Devonport
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened c1821
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Town Hall
'Connected with the town hall are several lock up cells of a better description than are usually found. There are 2 yards, with 3 cells in each yard. There is also a cell, very small, dark and not ventilated, which has been occasionally used for the confinement of boys stealing apples, and similar trifling offences. Some have staid [sic] in this cell a week, and it is said with the very good effect of deterring others. But it is too small to confine even a boy for more than a few hours, and should be disused ... Each of the two ranges of cells communicated with a corridor open to the air, external to which corridor is yard. There is a privy in one yard but not in the other. The boys cell stands where the privy in the other yard was formerly placed. Bedding and pots were well supplied at the time of my visit ... There are two police cells, independently of the 7 cells described above, In the police cells there is no bedding. These police cells are used for cases of drunkenness, night charges, and the like.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.177), p.173
'The Town Hall was erected in 1821-2 ... The building also contains the overseers office, the council chamber, police station and prison'
William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire (Sheffield, 1850), p. 698
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