Location police station Sunderland
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened c1845
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
'A new police station and court-room have lately been built at Sunderland; and in the lower part of the building (which was formerly an old house) a room and two cells have been constructed for police prisoners. The building is in a good situation, both for health and convenience. The room is 15 feet square and 9 feet high; and the cells are each 11 feet long, 7 feet broad, and 8 feet high. There is a provision for warming. There is a glazed window in the room; but the cells are lighted by grated openings into a passage, and by a small aperture into the open air. I was informed that some new police cells were about to be built in the yard, in place of these; partly, I believe, in consequence of the annoyance to which the superintendent of police and his family, who live in the building, are subjected from the noise of prisoners committed in a state of drunkenness ...There are guard beds in the cells, but there is no bedding.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Eleventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1846, XX.461), p.76
We don’t have any historical or contemporary pictures of this lock-up at present. If you could give us one, or maybe several, we would be delighted! Follow this link to submit an image of this lock-up. For more information on how to photograph lock ups for the purposes of historical research, please see our User Guide.