Location police station Walsall
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
Remarks In 1860, according to the Prison Inspector, this lock up was also being used as a prison, with convicted criminals serving sentences of up to 7 days.
'I visited the police stations in those towns and found that at Walsall ... 220 prisoners under various sentences, not exceeding 7 days each, had been confined in the cells of the borough during that period [i.e. 1858-1860] ... There is only one general day-room for male prisoners, and another for females, with 7 night cells for males and 2 for females; these are used indiscriminately for all classes of prisoners, whether under sentence or apprehended by the police for examination by the magistrates, and some of the prisoners in confinement at the time of my visit stated that they were overrun with vermin.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Midland District, Twenty-sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1861, XXIX.45), p.110
'The police station, adjoining the Guild Hall, was built in 1843.'
William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire (2nd edn, Sheffield, 1851), p. 640
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