Todmorden Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   96 Burnley Road, Stansfield,  Todmorden

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police house with lock-up

Remarks   96 Burnley Road has now been demolished but it once stood on the corner of Fernley Lee Road.


'This lock up house, though under the charge of a sergeant in the Lancashire police force, is situated about a quarter mile from Todmorden, in the township of Stansfield, in Yorkshire. It is a room in the sergeants house, which he has fitted up as a lock up house at his own expense. A stone seat runs along two sides of the room, and above this ia an iron rod fixed into the wall. There are also iron rings let into the seat, and to these rings, or to the iron door, the keeper alwats fastens his prisoners, the rokm not being secure. One of the doors of this room opens into an open yard, from which persons on the outside could converse with the prisoners. The room is dry. It is lighted by a glazed window, which cannot be opened, and there is no provision for ventilation. It is warmed by a stove, from which there is some danger of fire, as a wooden beam goes into the flue ... On the stone seats above mentioned are laid sacks, with straw in them, for the prisoners to lie upon.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.78

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.78


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  1. Dennis Rigg

    Yes the address of the Todmorden police / prison would have been 96 Burnley road Todmorden I live at 94 which was originally a dairy and you can see what was the adjoining wall, remnants where they have tried to make good after the police house was demolished. Would have loved to see a picture of it myself.

    • Rosalind Crone

      Wonderful! If you ever get a chance to take a photo of the site, and the fragments that remain, we’d love to include it with this record.

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