Myerscough Lock Up House



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Alternative Names   Myerscough Police Station

Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   Possibly on west side of Garstang Road (A6), north of number 937,  Myerscough

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1846

Year closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Remarks   A stone-built house stands sideways on to Garstang Road (A6), just north of number 937. A sign on the gate calls it the 'The Old Police Station'. It is not known whether this is the lock-up referred to in the 1847 inspection below.


'It stands in the middle of the hamlet, and forms part of the police station. It is a private house, rented by the county. There is only one cell, and this is 6 1/2 feet long, 4 1/2 broad, and 8 1/2 feet high. It appears to be always dry, and is sufficiently lighted and ventilated, but there is no provision for warming it. I was told, however, that prisoners are sometimes taken to the the fire in the constables room. The cell is not secure; though when the constable is at home, there is probably but little danger of an escape. There is a bench to sit on, but no bedding...The cell was clean, and in neat order. I was told that the place had been in use about a year, and that in that time there had been about 10 prisoners. It was stated, also, that no person, unless he was drunk, was kept through the night. The constable in charge of the lock-up house appeared to be well qualified for his duties. The place might perhaps be rendered suitable for its purposes: but as the building is private property, it would not be wise in the county to expend much money on it. The constable there said there was but little crime in the neighbourhood.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.95

'My 4x great grandfather was resident at Myesrcough Police station with his family in the mid 1850s. His name was Richard Ritchings'

Notes from Jennifer May

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.95



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