Stoke Upon Trent County Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Staffordshire

Location   police station  Stoke Upon Trent

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station


'This place of confinement is attached to the police station, and from its central position upon the railway forms the point of communication for several other lock up houses with the county gaol. From this cause it arises that, although a very large number of prisoners pass through the cells in the course of the year, a comparatively small number are in confinement at the same time, and the period for which they are confined is seldom very long ... The lock up house contains 3 cells, measing 18 feet by 7 feet, with a height of 6 feet 6 inches; they are paved with tiles, and are warmed, but not sufficiently ventilated. No bedding is allowed; the prisoners lie on benches in their clothes. Each cell contains a waterclosest, with a good supply of water ... The most striking defect in the construction, and one which is productive of great inconvenience in a place which occasionally contains so many prisoners, is that of the staircase being so narrow and ill-contrived as to increase greatly the difficulty of taking prisoners to and from the cells.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.76

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.76


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