Exeter City Lock Up

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Devon

Location   town hall  Exeter

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Description

'In the yard behind the town hall are situated four cells, which are used of the double purpose of a lock up house for night charges, and a place of detention for prisoners awaiting their trials at the City Quarter Sessions. Each cell measures 10 feet 8 inches, by 5 feet 2 inches, with a height of from 9 to 10 feet. They are not provided with any means of artificial heat, or of forced ventilation, but each door has a grated opening, with shutters capable of being closed at the will of the prisoners. In the opposite wall is a very small aperture by which a feeble current of air is effected in favourable weather. A barrack bed, upon which there is no bedding or straw, occupies two-thirds of each cell, and a covered bucket is placed in each for the necessities of the prisoners. Male prisoners are never kept here for more than one night ... Female prisoners are always removed at night to the City Prison except when they are intoxicated.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.44

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.44

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