Location Church Walk Gateshead
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed c1845
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock Up, Dwelling House
'The first of the police prisons is a small place with two cells in the Church Walk; each cell being about 12 feet long, 6 1/2 feet wide, and 11 feet high. The windows are unglazed; there is no means of warming them, and they are insecure. There is no accommodation for a resident keeper. I found the cells very dirty, and there was writing on the walls. In one of them there were two tobacco pipes and a small bottle of spirits. The superintendent of police stated, that this lock up house is seldom used, not more than three or four persons being put into it in the course of a month, and no one being kept more than a few hours. In my opinion, however, the place should be wholly discontinued.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.44
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