Skipton Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   Town Hall (Sheep Street)  Skipton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   1862

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   Sheep Street town hall closed in 1862.


'This lock up house consists of two cellars under the town hall, one of which is approached from the street by a trap door, s flight of stairs, and then another door, and the other through the kitchen of a dwelling house. The latter was in use for household purposes by the inhabitants of the house through which it is approached, and the keeper stated that it was used as a lock up only during the yearly sessions. The cells are 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet high ... They are dark, damp, and ill ventilated. There is no resident keeper, but the cells are tolerably secure ... The cells are provided with guard beds, loose straw, and a rug. The only provision for a night vessel is an earthen jar.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.107

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.107


Archive name: Sheffield City Archives

Catalogue ref: WWM/F/122/52

Collection: Wentworth Woodhouse muniments

Description: Text of a letter to Sir F. L. Wood urging the establishment of a new House of Correction at Skipton

Dates: 1819


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