Sheffield Police Lock-Ups

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   Old Town Hall, Waingate  Sheffield

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   The Sheffield Police Office was situated next to the Old Town Hall in Waingate, and linked to its courtrooms by underground passages where the police lock up was also located.

Descriptions

'The cells occupied by the police being in the basement of the town-hall, are dark and deficient in ventilation. Attempts have been made to remedy the defect in ventilation, but very ineffectually; the difficulties in the way appear almost insuperable.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.140

'The lock-up was as clean as might be expected with such disorderly inmates, and it appears to be a well regulated establishment.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fourth Report (Parl. Papers, 1839, XXII.1), p.144

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.140
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eleventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1846, XXI.483), p.57
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fourth Report (Parl. Papers, 1839, XXII.1), p.144
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.1), p.43
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.461), p.92
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Twentieth Report (Parl. Papers, 1857, Session 1, VII.313), p.84
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.108

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Sheffield City Archives

Catalogue ref: SY295/7/2

Collection: Sheffield Police

Description: Prison list for Sheffield Town Hall

Dates: 1845-1846


Archive name: Sheffield City Archives

Catalogue ref: SY295/7/4/1-3

Collection: Sheffield Police

Description: Police station occurrence books, including notes regarding prisoners

Dates: 1850-1856


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