Sowerby Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   unknown  Sowerby

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This is a detached building, containing two cells, tolerably well situated, about the centre of town. It is under the charge of a parish constable, and belongs to the town. The cells are 6 1/2 feet square and 9 feet high ... They open into a passage, and are dark. There is no provision for warming, and the only ventilation is what is obtained by small holes (about two inches in diameter) in the walls. The walls of the cells were damp. There is no resident keeper, but the cells are tolerably secure ... There are wooden benches to lie on, with a flock bed and blankets. The bedding is kept in a neighbouring public house, and the keeper stated that in cold weather he generally took the prisoners to the public house, instead of putting them in the lock up. There are no night vessels, but the keeper said he generally borrowed a bucket from the public house.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.108

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.108

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