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
'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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