Melrose Lock-Up House

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Overview

Alternative Names   Melrose Prison

Nation   Scotland

County   Roxburghshire

Location   town court-house  Melrose

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c.1820

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Courthouse

Description

'The prison of Melrose is the private property of the Duke of Buccleuch (the Superior of the burgh) and is used as a lock-up house only. It consusts of a single stone vaulted cell on the ground floor of the town court-house, which stands on one side of a public street, and was built about 15 years ago. The cell us about 15 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet high. It is secure, dry, and tolerably well ventilated; the window however is unglazed, and looks upon the street. There was no one in confinement at the time of my visit, and I was informed that the place is not being used as a prison more than two or three times a-year, and then chiefly for prisoners who do not belong to Melrose, but who are on their road to Jedburgh. The district constable, however, told me that more use would be made of the lock-up house if it were kept in a better state. At present it is half filled with coal and fire-wood. The bedding supplied to any prisoner who remains through the night consists, I was told, of a carpet and some loose straw.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 22

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 22

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