Old Swan Police Station and Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   police station  Kirkdale

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1844

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station


'This police station and lock up house was buolt about three years ago, by the county, and its situation is unobjectionable. There are four cells, each 10 feet long, 6 1/2 feet wide, and 9 1/2 feet high ... The cells open into passages, and are lighted by glazed iron windows, which the prisoners can open and shut. The windows are guarded by bars. The cells are wamed by a hot-water apparatus, which seems ill-constructed. One of the two fires employed in heating the water has so bad a draught, that ... the water never boiled, and was frequently not even hot ... The cells are well ventilated by the windows before mentioned, and by perforated iron plates in the ceilings, communicating with flues ... There is a guard bed and a bench in each cell. At present, there is no bedding; but the keeper stated that some was about to be procured.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.84

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.84


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