Kington County Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Herefordshire

Location   unknown  Kington

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This building is in a very discreditable state, and stands much in need of improvement. It contains two cells having tiles floors and a bench on each side, to narrow for a prisoner to lie upon. There are neither bedsteads nor bedding, but the prisoners lie on straw on the ground. Noth cells were extremely offensive, from the existence of an ill-constructed privy in each of them. The supply of water is often defective, and was entirely exhausted at the time of my visit. The piping was in many places very bad, the water overflowing, and running down the walls in heavy rain. There is a barred opening in each door, for the purpose of admitting air; but as the food cannot be passed through this opening, and the superintendent is frequently from home on other duty, it is extremely dangerous for his wife to give the prisoners their food in his absence, as she is obliged to open the door for that purpose ... As the cells measure only 10 feet by 7 feet 6 inches, and as six or seven prisoners are sometimes in them at a time, who, if they were of different sexes, might be nearly all placed in one cell, it is obvious that the accommodation is insufficient for the demands of the district.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.17

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.17

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