Rochdale Lock Up House

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Overview

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

Description

'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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