Wednesbury County Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Staffordshire

Location   unknown  Wednesbury

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'This building contains two cells for prisoners, and accomodation for a resident inspector of police (who is married) and four unmarried men of the county constabulary. The cells measure about 13 feet by 7, and are nearly 9 feet high. There is a bench in each cell, but no bedding of any kind is allowed, not even a rug or straw. There is a privy in each cell, but as there is no water laid on, they can only be cleansed by carrying water for the purpose in buckets. With such a defective arrangement, and ventilation of a very imperfect character, it may easily be conceived that the atmosphere of the cells is very impure ... There were two men in confinement on a charage of murder at the time of my inspection. The officer informed me that there were occasionally a doxen or more prisoners in the two cells, but that sometimes (as might be expected) they were vacant for days together.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.75

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.75

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