Wolverhampton Borough Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Staffordshire

Location   Public Office and Police Station in Garrick Street  Wolverhampton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1847

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Descriptions

'This lock up house was formerly the property of the county, the borough of Wolverhampton not being at that time incorporated ... Upon completion of the incorporation of the br=orough, this prison, with all the police offices, barracks, and other buildings thereunto belonging, was purchased by the borough; since which times the county magistrates have rented two of the cells on the upper floor, for the detention of prisoners from the neighbouring rural districts, on their transit to the county gaol. Exclusively of these, the lock up contains six cells for borough prisoners, two of larger size than the rest, measuring fifteen feet by seven, and the remaining four having a length of only nine feet. They are all extremely close and offensive, for although they are nominally provided with the means of artificial ventilation, the apparatus works so badly as to be nearly useless.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.72

'the erection of the present Public Office and Police Station in Garrick street, in 1846, at the cost of about £3700, paid out of the county rates. Soon after its incorporation in 1847, the Borough purchased this building for £3250. It is a neat brick structure, comprising a court room, a good house for the chief constable, accommodations for the policemen, and eight cells, with room for 40 prisoners.'

William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire (2nd edn, Sheffield, 1851), p. 78

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Seventeenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1852, XXIV.1), p.72
  • William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire (2nd edn, Sheffield, 1851), p. 78

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Wolverhampton City Archives 

Catalogue ref: WOL-C-WAT/4

Collection: Wolverhampton Watch Committee

Description: Minute books (1853-1900). Includes record of occupation of cells by county prisoners.

Dates: 1864-1865


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