Maryport Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cumberland

Location   unknown  Maryport

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up

Description

'This is a very bad lock up house, and not susceptible of improvement. It is a detached building, near the middle of the town, but is built in a place which has been excavated from a hill. The consequence of which is, that the cells are very damp, and that people can get on to the roof, and talk to the prisoners. Moreover, the constable, in charge of the lock up, stated that sometimes when he is conveying a prisoner to it, he is pelted by people stationed on the hill. No one can be confined in this place without serious risk to his health. There are two cells, each about 6 1/2 feet long, 6 feet wide and 9 feet high. The only provision for light is a small grating over the door, and the cells are, in fact, nearly dark. For ventilation, there is a hole at the back of each cell. The cells are sometimes warmed by a charcoal fire in a moveable grate, a mode of heating which must be attended with a danger of suffocation. The cell foors open into a passage which communicates with the street. There is no accommodation for a resident keeper, and the place is therefore insecure. It was stated that 10 or 12 years ago, the doors were forced open by a mob, and some prisoners liberated ... There are wooden benches to lie on, with rugs and straw for bedding.'

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

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Carlisle Archive Centre

Catalogue ref: Q/A/G/9/3

Collection: Cumberland Quarter Sessions

Description: Petitions for the establishment of Lock-up Houses at Workington, Alston and Maryport and resolutions for their establishment

Dates: 1847-1848


Archive name: Carlisle Archive Centre

Catalogue ref: SCons 4/67

Collection: Cumbria Constabulary

Description: Description of prisoners in the Lock-up

Dates: 1850-1854


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