Location unknown Gateshead
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened 1848
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock-Up
'This is a new lock up house opened on the 2nd December 1848. It contains five good sized cells, which were clean, and in good order. This is the most defective modern place of confinement I have seen, having all the appearance of security with none of the reality ... The four inner bars in the windows are of cast-iron, and might be snapped with the stroke of a labourers shoe, while the space between the two outer bars, which are of wrought iron, allow a ready exit for a full-grown man ... The cell doors do not fill the space prepared for them, so that a prisoner in his cell can raise the door within a quarter of an inch of lifting it off its hinges. The underground apartment, containing the fireplace to supply the warm air, is covered with damp, and a portion of it with water, even at this dry season, showing that the drains have been overlooked.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.793), p.70
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