Warkworth Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Northumberland

Location   unknown  Warkworth

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1846

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This is a new lock up house, and has been in use about 12 months. It is about a quarter of a mile from the village; and the officer in charge said he found the distance very inconvenient, owing to the difficulty of conveying drunken and riotous offenders to the lock up. He thinks, too, that there is a danger, in consequence of there being no assistance at hand, of the place being broken into and of offenders being rescued. In other respects, the site is unobjectionable. The building consists of two rooms for a constable to reside in and two cells for prisoners. Each cell is 12 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 9 feet high. The cells have glazed windows; but there is a provision for ventilation, which the officer said was found to be sufficient, independent of the windows. The cells are wamed by fires in the keepers rooms; the fire places being against the intervening walls. The keeper said that the cells were damp in wet weather, but that a drain was about to be made, which it was expected would remove the dampness. The cell doors have chains, to admit of their being opened a little way ... Each cell has a guard bed, but it is too high from the ground.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.111

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.111

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