Tavistock Lock Up and Police Station

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Devon

Location   police station, Court Gate, Guildhall Square  Tavistock

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1848

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station, Town Hall

Descriptions

'Tavistock Lock Up House and Police Station. This building is used for the residence of a superintendent and two policemen, and contains four day-cells and two sleeping-cells for prisoners, in a passage on the basement floor. The sleeping rooms are placed in the front, and are well lighted; the day cells are the back and scarcely lighted at all. The former measure 9 feet by 7; the latter 7 feet by 5 feet 6 inches. The passage is divided by a door, so that, when prisoners of both sexes are in confinement, one sleeping cell and two day cells are devoted to either sex, by which a sufficient separation is maintained ... Each of the sleeping rooms has a fixed bedstead, intended for two persons, and good bedding; and when a larger number are in confinement, other bedsteads are brought in, by which four or five are accommodated in each cell. Each of the day cells is provided with a water closet, the supply of water to which is regulated from the outside.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.151

'In 1848, the Duke of Bedford erected on the site of part of the abbey ruins, the handsome new Guildhall, which comprises an extensive room, in which the Petty Sessions, County Court, etc, are now held; a magistrates room and other apartments; under which is the Bridewell, comprising six cells, a dwelling for the police superintendent, a fire engine station, etc.'

William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire (Sheffield, 1850), p. 625

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.151
  • William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire (Sheffield, 1850), p. 625

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