Location Guildhall, 42 Fore Street Plympton Erle
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened unknown
Year closed c.1850
Century of Operation 1700-1799, 1800-1899
Building Type Prison, Town Hall
Remarks A prison located in the Guildhall, which was also used as a lock-up. By the time the inspectors of prisons paid their first visit in the early 1840s, the penal facilities were being almost exclusively as a lock-up, and by 1848 solely as a lock-up. Datestone states it was built in 1696. Grade II listing does not mention prison or lock-up cells.
'This prison is no longer used as a gaol, except for the confinement of persons in default of fines for assault ... It consists of two cells, in a building formerly employed as a poor-house and lunatic asylum. These cells are spacious and lofty, and in all respects sufficient for the limited purposes to which they are now applied. They have doors of solid iron, opening from a larger apartment, now used as a kind of station for the police. I this is an iron stove, which sufficiently serves the purpose of warming the cells, as well as the apartment in which it stands ... The furniture of one of the cells consists of an iron bedstead, a mattress, and sufficient provision of blankets; the other consists only a kind of barrack-bed, without any bedding, its application being for prisoners locked up in a state of intoxication.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.52