Gateshead Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Durham

Location   unknown  Gateshead

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   1848

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'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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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Eighteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852-53, LII.361), p.77
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.793), p.70
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Nineteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1854, XXXII.1), p.78
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852-53, LII.265), p.84
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.837), p.73
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Twentieth Report (Parl. Papers, 1854-55, XXVI.123), p.55

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