Gatehouse Lock-up



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Alternative Names   Gatehouse Prison

Nation   Scotland

County   Kirkcudbrightshire

Location    Gatehouse

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c.1825

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up


'The prison of Gatehouse, which is a lock-up house only, was built about twelve years ago by Mr Murray of Broughton, who owns most of the property in the village. The prison consists of two rooms, each 14 feet long, 10 1/2 feet broad, and 8 1/2 feet high. These rooms form the second story of the building, the first being occupied by the porter, who has care of one of the gates opening into Mr Murray's grounds. The place is dry and tolerable secure, but it is ill ventilated, the windows being almost closed by iron shutters, put up to prevent prisoners from obtaining supplies of whiskey, etc, from the outside, which was a constant practice, it is said, before this was done. There are no means of warming the prison; but owing to the thickness of the walls and to the smallness of the apertures for air, the place is probably seldom very cold ... The prisoners consist chiefly of drunken people found disturbing the peace. Loose straw, lying on the ground, is all that is allowed for bedding. I was told that there were once bedsteads, but that they had been broken.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 33

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p.33


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