Keswick Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cumberland

Location   unknown  Keswick

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This lock up house is a detached building in the middle of the town. The site is unobjectionable on the score of health, but it is inconveniently distant from the town hall. There are two cells, each 10 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 8 feet high ... The cell doors open into a small passage which communicates with the street. The cells appear to be dry at all seasons of the year, but they are quite dark. There are, however, holes for the admission of air. There is no provision for warming. There is no accommodation for a resident keeper, and the place is therefore not secure. Moreover, prisoners in the different cells can talk to each other, and talk to people in the street. In one cell there is a stone bench, with loose straw for bedding; but there is nothing of the kind in the other cell.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.116

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.116

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