Elland Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   unknown  Elland

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Dwelling House

Description

'This lock up house consists of two cells in a dwelling house, at some distance from the town. The building belongs to the town, but is inhabited by persons in no way connected with the constabulary. These persons, the keeper informed me, generally kept the key of the cells, except in the case of a prisoner confined for felony, or other serious offence, in which case he took charge of the key himself. The cells (only one of which is ever used) are each 14 feet long, 6 feet wide, 8 feet high ... They open into the kitchen of the house, and have no other provision for warming than their proximity to this kitchen. The cells were dry, but they are nearly dark, the only provision for lighting being a small grated opening by the side of the door; the ventilation also is quite insufficient. The cells are secure. There is no resident keeper, but the man living in the house attends to the prisoners, and would, if necessary, fetch the constable, The cell which is in use is provided with a stretcher, a straw mattress, a flock bed, and two blankets.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.101

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.101

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