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
'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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