Police Cells under Manchester Town Hall



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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   Manchester Town Hall, King Street  Manchester

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1822

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   First inspected by the Prison Inspector in 1840 as part of a group of five lock ups connected to police stations in Manchester.


'This lock up was clean and orderly at the time of my visit. The accommodation for prisoners is very defective. The rooms, being in the basement, are dark and deficient in ventilation; they are, however, dry and capable of being improved in these respects. I should strongly recommend that some better accommodation be provided for the superior classes of prisoners of both sexes, who not unfrequently are detained here for one night, or even two when apprehended on a Saturday.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIV.1), p.136

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Tenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1845, XXIV.1), p.136

  • http://www.victorianpolicestations.org/manchester-town-hall-police-office-king-street.html
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.91
  • Mike McCulloch, Victorian Police Stations, 'Manchester Old Town Hall Police Office King Street'


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