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
'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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