Swaffham Parish Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Norfolk

Location   unknown  Swaffham

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This lock up house is a small detached building in a back court, and contains two cells, but has no accommodation for a resident keeper. It is used both for parish and county prisoners; the parish constable and the county constable both having the keys of it. The cells are each about 7 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 7 feet high. There is no enclosure round the building, and the doors consequently open directly into a public thoroughfare. There was no appearance of dampness, but there is scarcely any light, and there is no provision for warming the place. The ventilation is by means of small openings into the roof, and on a hot summers day, or night, or with more than one prisoner confined in a cell, the ventilation must be quite insufficient. The place is very insecure, and I was not surprised to hear that there had been several escapes from it; one last winter ... A wooden seat (which was broken) and some loose straw is the provision for bedding. The place was in a disorderly state.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.291), p.30

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.291), p.30

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