Plympton Erle Borough Gaol and Lock-Up

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Devon

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.

Description

'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

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  • Plympton Erle, Guildhall, exterior© Ann Bond (with kind permission)
  • Plympton Erle, Guildhall, exterior from side© Ann Bond (with kind permission)
  • Plympton Erle, Guildhall, plaque© Ann Bond (with kind permission)

Description: Plympton Erle, Guildhall, exterior

Photo by: © Ann Bond (with kind permission)

Description: Plympton Erle, Guildhall, exterior from side

Photo by: © Ann Bond (with kind permission)

Description: Plympton Erle, Guildhall, plaque

Photo by: © Ann Bond (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    Return of Places of Confinement Outside Gaol Acts in England and Wales (Parl. Papers, 1833, XXVIII.425), p.78
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 1 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.1), p.600
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Ninth Report (Parl. Papers, 1844, XXIX.391), p.125
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Twelfth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXV.1), p.113
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.133), p.82
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.52
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Guildhall, City of Plymouth', LEN 1244435

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1244435

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