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Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock Up, Dwelling House
'This building is very defective both in security and due accommodation, when regarded with reference to the numbers occasionally confined. It consists of two cells, measuring nine feet by four, attached to the rear of a house in which reside and officer and his family. Being destitute of any provision for artificial warmth and the prisoners being allowed no bedding (except indeed that name can be applied to some loose straw and a rug) it is easy to believe the statement of both the officer and the prisoners that the cells are extremely cold and damp in winter and wet weather. Each cell contains a privy, but no water supply. One of the cells is nominally intended for women, but if any of that sex are in confinement they are usually kept under observation in the kitchen, unless, as often happens, they are in a state of intoxication. When men are in confinement for any long time, and complain of cold, the humanity of the keeper induces him to take them also into the kitchen to warm themselves, a practice which, with the greatest care that can be taken, is not feer from the risk of escape, as the kitchen is quite unprotected.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.36
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