Location Guildhall Macclesfield
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Town Hall
'These lock-ups were clean and orderly at the time of my visit. There were nine prisoners in custody on various charges, waiting for the examination of the magistrates. The wants of the prisoners with regard to food, firing, and bedding, appear to be properly attended to ... The greatest number of prisoners in the lock-ups at any one time since the 6th December, 1842, was 19.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.110
'The lock-ups for the borough of Maccesfield are placed at the back of the Town Hall. They consist of 14 sleeping cells and two day rooms. Sixpence a day is allowed by the Corporation for the maintenance of such prisoners as do not provide themselves while lying here under charge or remand. Tobacco and beer are allowed to be purchased. The usual bedding is provided. At the period of inspection the cells were only partially supplied with beds, and were under the process of lime-washing. There are no privies attached to the building.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.499), p.35
'The lock up for the borough is at the back of the Guild Hall, and consists of two day rooms, and a number of cells.'
Samuel Bagshaw, History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County Palatine of Chester (Sheffield, 1850), p. 216
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