Guildford Borough Lock Ups

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Surrey

Location   courthouse  Guildford

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Courthouse

Descriptions

'These lock ups are insecure, ill arranged, and unfit for the purposes to which they are applied. The Town Council should be called upon to provide others more suitable.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Home District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.1), p.158

'The only place of confinement belonging to this Borough is merely a lock-up Cell, with straw on the floor ... their present Gaol is scarcely fit for the confinement of a prisoner even for a single night.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Home District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.1), p.51

'When any person is taken in execution on a ca. sa. from the town court, he is taken to a lock-up room behind the new court house, which is part of the dwelling-house of the senior serjeant at mace, under whose care he is confined, and where he is maintained at the expense of the corporation until he obtains his discharge. There have not been half a dozen such arrests during the last 40 years. '

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 5 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXVI.1), p.2874

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Home District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.1), p.158
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Home District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.1), p.51
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 5 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXVI.1), p.2874

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