South Shields Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Durham

Location   unknown  South Shields

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'The lock up house at South Shields is, in my opinion, wholly unfit to be used as a place of confinement. It consists of two small cells about 7 1/2 feet long, 6 feet wide and 7 1/2 feet high. The cells are formed by a wooden partition in the back part of a room which serves as the police station; and the only means of ventilation or light is a small grating above the door of each cell. The cells were so dark that, though it was the middle of the day, I did not see a man who was inside till a candle was brought. The cells are quite insecure also, the ceiling being formed of lath and plaster only. There is no proper means of warming the cells ... The cells were very dirty, and the place which is used as a privy being quite open, there was a bad stench. There is no regular provision for the prisoners washing themselves, and one of them was very dirty. Except in cases of illness, the prisoners have nothing but wooden slabs to lie on. '

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.43

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.43

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