Woodstock Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Oxfordshire

Location   town hall (Market Place)  Woodstock

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Descriptions

'The Town Hall is a large handsome stone building erected in the centre of the market-place, in 1766, after a design by Sir Wm Chambers and at the expense of the Duke of Marlborough. Beneath the hall is a piazza, used as a market-place, and also some cells for prisoners.'

Robert Gardner, History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Oxford (1852), p. 469

'a dungeon under town hall is used for the safe custody of prisoners until commitment, and for the confinement of persons convicted before the magistrates of petty offences'

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 1 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.1), p.143

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SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District. First Report (Parl. Papers, 1836, XXXV.269), p.55
  • Robert Gardner, History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Oxford (1852), p. 469
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 1 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.1), p.143

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