Location police station Chester-Le-Street
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
'This lock up house consists of two small cells, one of which is 9 feet long, 7 feet broad, and 7 feet high, and the other 9 feet long, and only 3 feet broad, and 7 feet high. The doors open into a little yard, with which the police office also communicates; but there is no accommodation for a resident officer in a place in immediate connexion with the cells. The cells are damp, and there is no provision for warming them. The building is not secure, and consequently the barbarous custom of having chains and rings to fasten prisoners to is made use of. There are no windows, but there are little holes for ventilation in one cell, though not in the other. Each cell is nearly filled by a guard bed. The place was not clean.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.369), p.37
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