Ledbury Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Herefordshire

Location   police station  Ledbury

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'This place of confinement consists of a single room, of very small dimensions, not much larger than the ordinary cell of a prison. The door opens immediately on a back street, and there is a small window towards the street. The room is dark, ill ventilated, extremely insecure, out of repair, damp and dirty. I saw, at my visit in November 1840, no other bedding than straw, and this appeared to have been lying some time there. In one corner was a broken necessary-stool. On one wall was a patch indicating a recent repair. This repair had been made at the expense of an individual living in an adjoining house: a prisoner had broken through the wall, and, as no party at present will maintain the lock up house, the individual in question has mended the wall himself.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.177), p.87

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.26
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.177), p.87

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre

Catalogue ref: G2/IV/J/74

Collection:

Description: Diaries of John Biddulph of Ledbury. Includes notes on his anxiety about the proposed sale of the parish properties, which would do away with the School, Engine House, committee room and Lock-up.

Dates: undated


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