Warwick Borough Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Warwickshire

Location   police station, market square  Warwick

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c1851

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Description

'This building, which has been erected in the last few years, to take the place of a most inconvenient lock up under the town hall, is situate in Market Square. It contains a police station, apartments for one resident officer, a room for receiving prisoners, amd four cells for prisoners. The charge room is very convenient, and has a stone staircase descending from it to the prisoners day room. The day room is sufficienrly spacious, and is provided with a fireplace and watercloset. A door from it leads into the airing yard which is overlooked from the officers kitchen ... Two of the cells measures 17 feet by 9 feet, and each of these contains two bedsteads with bedding; barrack bedsteads being used in one, and iron in the other. The other two cells measure 9 feet by 8 feet, and contain a single bed. The bedding is coarse, consisting of straw and rugs. The cells are without any adequate ventilation, and are not warmed, so that they are very close, and in winter very cold also. There is a second airinf yard for, I presume, the use of female prisoners, and the building contains three waterclosets, with a good supply of water.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.28

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.28

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