Much Wenlock Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Shropshire

Location   Barrow Street  Much Wenlock

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Descriptions

'In consequence of a grant of Quarter Sessions being applied for by this borough, it became necessary to ascertain the actual state of this reception house, to which prisoners would be brought for trial from Shrewsbury County Gaol ... I visited this place in January 1842, and recommended some alterations in order to render those cells suitable [eg. recommendations included - fireplace in each cell, a privy in each cell or in a recess adjoining each cell, and iron bedsteads fixed in each cell - suggesting these features were absent at the time of the inspectors visit].'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.193), p.170

'There is one Gaol within the borough. It is, however, only used as a place of detention for prisoners prior to commitment. It consists of one room only, and has no yard attached to it. It is in fact only a species of dungeon. The magistrates have power ... to commit to the county prison, and in practice always avail themselves of this power.'

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 3 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIV.1), p.2078

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.193), p.170
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 3 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIV.1), p.2078

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Shropshire Archives

Catalogue ref: XDA6/1105/6-7

Collection: Wenlock Borough

Description: Minutes of two meetings of the Council of the Wenlock Ward to consider a site for a new Lock-up in Much Wenlock (1863). Also, correspondence re plot of land for a Lock-up (1863).

Dates: 1863


Archive name: Shropshire Archives

Catalogue ref: XDA6/1105/8

Collection: Wenlock Borough

Description: Correspondence, specifications, tenders and contracts for the construction of a Police Station and Lock-up at Much Wenlock, with plans and elevations

Dates: 1863-1864


Archive name: Shropshire Archives

Catalogue ref: XDA6/1101

Collection: Wenlock Borough

Description: Gaol records

Dates: 1863-1878


Archive name: Shropshire Archives

Catalogue ref: XDA6/1101/1

Collection: Wenlock Borough

Description: The Gaol or Lock-up in Barrow Street, Much Wenlock

Dates: 1863-1878


Archive name: Shropshire Archives

Catalogue ref: XDA6/1101

Collection: Wenlock Borough

Description: Gaol

Dates: 1863-1878


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