Location Vauxhall Road Liverpool
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened c1820
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Lock-Up
'The cells in this lock up house are exactly similar in construction to those in Jordan-street lock up house, and are not at all a fit place of confinement, being cellars under the keepers rooms. The bedding, food, etc are also the same. The number of prisoners last year was 2353; the greatest number at one time was stated to be about 30; and the longest period of detention about 12 hours.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.87
'The commissioners ... Finding that the nightly police were frequently taken from their districts for long spaces of time, in conveying prisoners to the Bridewell, about fourteen years ago erected three lock-up houses for their temporary confinement. The land for the purpose was given by the corporation; the buildings were erected out of the rate. There is a keeper attached to each, with a salary of one guinea weekly, and apartments, coals and candles, free of expense. To each lock-up a fire-bell is attached, for the purpose of giving alarm to the inhabitants when needed. On average, about ten or twelve persons are nightly confined in these houses, and are either bailed, or committed to the Bridewell.'
Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 4 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXV.1), p.2716
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