North Shields Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Northumberland

Location   police station  North Shields

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'The lock up house at North Shields is quite unfit for a place of confinement. It consists of four small cells, and forms part of the police office, which was made out of an old building built for another purpose. Three of the cells are on the ground floor, and one on the first floor. The cells on the ground floor are each about nine feet long, five feet broad, and eight feet and a half high. They have no windows, and no other means of light and ventilation other than a small grated opening into a passage. The upper cell is long and narrow, but it has a window. The lower cells are damp, and in winter they must be very cold. There is no provision for warming any of the cells, and they are all very insecure. The lower cells were not very clean. In each cell there is a tub which serves as a privy, and in the upper cell this tub is uncovered. There is no rule requiring the prisoners to wash themseles. The prisoners sleep on wooden slabs. There is no oven for destroying vermin.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.43

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.43
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIV.399), p.65

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