Halifax Town Lock-ups

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   police station (former workhouse, Upper Kirkgate?)  Halifax

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1836

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station, Workhouse

Description

'These cells are under the care of the police, but are inconveniently situated at the end of a yard beyond their immediate supervision. They formed a part of the old workhouse, and adjoin some buildings still occupied as almshouses; another portion of the workhouse has been appropriated as a nightly refuge for vagrants ... I cannot express myself in too strong terms upon the wretched accommodation for prisoners in these lock-ups. They are defective in size, light, ventilation, and in the most common requisites; and they are to suffice for the temporary detention of all persons charged with offences out of a population of, I believe, 24,000 souls.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.143

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.143
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.499), p.142
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIV.1), p.35
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.100

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