Rochdale Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   unknown  Rochdale

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up


'This lock-up house is used both by the county and burgh. It consists of six cells, each about 12 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 10 feet high. The cells form the upper story of a building, in the lower part of which the constable lives who has charge of the cells. He would have much difficulty in hearing a prisoner in some of the cells; but to obviate this inconvenience, the very objectionable arrangement is resorted to of keeping one of the prisoners during the night in the hall into which the cells open; and this prisoner, it was said, could at any time awaken the constable... The cells are dry, and tolerably secure, and there is a provision for warming them, but they are ill ventilated. There is a guard-bed in each cell, but no bed-clothing. It vwas stated that there had been no alteration in the building for 20 years.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.63

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.63


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  1. John Adamson

    Afraid I don’t have any story to share, but I do have a query. My great-grandfather’s death certificate shows Robert Syme Adamson died 20th October 1867 in Police Lockups in prison Rope Street Rochdale. I am in Australia [he wasn’t sent here as a convict] and am having trouble finding if this lockup is connected, and more interestingly,why he was there. Any information or research tips that may be available would be gratefully received. Thank you. John Adamson

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