Location police station Preston
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
Remarks This ID may comprise several different lock ups in Preston, or one inspected several times over the course of ten years. It is not possible to say from the information provided by the prison inspectors.
'On visiting these lock-ups, to my extreme surprise, I found they had been appropriated to the reception of debtors ... The superintendent of police made the following replies to questions put by me: "We have had female debtor prisoners, and when prostitutes or females upon criminal charges have been brought in, for want of proper accommodation, we have been obliged to place them together. There are no means of separation. The males and females were together in the yard. The place was never intended for anything but a lock up" ... The lock-ups were as clean and orderly as could be expected under the circumstances.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.82
'This establishment is substantially built of freestone, and conveniently arranged for its purposes. The portion alloted to prisoners consists of five day rooms, with water-closets and fire-places, and eight sleeping cells with arched roofs, each 8 ft. by 6. The cells were filled with lumber, and bore every appearance of not having been occupied for some time. They are well suited for the reception of prisoners while under examination.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fourth Report (Parl. Papers, 1839, XXII.1), p.57
'There is a very commodious Lock-up House, built by the commissioners under local watching Act, for the temporary confinement of offenders, having separate apartments and conveniences for both sexes, with necessary offices.'
Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 3 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIV.1), p.1692
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