Sunderland Lock-Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Durham

Location   police station  Sunderland

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 this town, though not so bad as that at several towns in the neighbourhood, is insufficient and ill constructed ... Consists of four small cells at the back of the police office, the doors opening into a yard. The windows have shutters, but, except in one cell, they are not glazed. One of the cells is warmed by an open fire, and another by a stove; but there is no provision for warming the other two. The cells appear to be dry ... Wooden slabs are all that are provided for the prisoners to lie on, except in cases of illness, when, I was told, they are allowed a mattress and coverlid. The cells are not in my option secure. The walls of one of the cells were dirty.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.413), p.42

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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.42

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