Hawkshead Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   town hall  Hawkshead

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Description

'This lock-up house consists of a single cell, about 7 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 6 feet high. It is under the Town Hall, and in the middle of the village. In rainy weather the cell is very damp; indeed, at the time of my visit, both the walls and floor were quite wet with moisture. A little light is admitted through an unglazed grating over the door, but the place is nearly dark, and it is ill ventilated. There was a very offensive smell in the place, arising apparently from the want of a night-stool. There are slate benches to sit upon, but there is no bedding. The place is insecure.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.65

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.65

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