Gateshead Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Durham

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

Description

'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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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Eleventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1846, XX.461), p.77
  • 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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