Southport Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   police station  Southport

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1844

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'This lock-up house, which has been built about three years, is tolerably well situated about the centre of town. It contains two cells, each 9 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet high ... The cells open into the yard of the police station. They are dry, and I found them clean and neat. They are lighted and ventilated each by a small grate in the wall and an opening in the door; but both the light and ventilation are insufficient. There is no provision for warming the cells, but the inspector in charge of the lock-up house informed me that in cold weather he always took the prisoner into a small office adjoining the cells (in which there is a fireplace) and fastened him to a post, which he has fixed in the ground ... Each cell has a guard bed but no bedding. There prisoners are, however, furnished, I believe, with old coats during the night.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.76

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.76

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