Workington Lock Up House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cumberland

Location   Ritson Street  Workington

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1825 OR 1805

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up

Descriptions

'This lock up house is a detached building at the outskirts of the town. There are two cells, each 7 feet long, 6 feet broad, and 12 feet high ... The cell doors open into the street. The cells are damp, and there is no other provision for light or ventilation than small openings in the door, which openings can be used by people on the outside for handling anything in to the prisoners. There is no provision for warming the cells. There is no resident keeper, and the cells are consequently insecure ... There are wooden benches to lie on, and loose straw and rugs for bedding.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.117

'Lock-up, now storeroom. Dated and inscribed over entrance BUILT BY SUBSCRIPTION IN 1805 ANNUAL GROUND RENT TWO SHILLINGS FOR EVE .... (remainder weathered away). Snecked calciferous ashlar with barrel-vaulted roof of same material. Single storey, 2 bays. Plain boarded door in plain opening and similar blocked doorway to right. Left return wall has plank door in brick surround; both return walls have slit vents. Workington is known to have had a lock-up, but no records state where it was, although this can be the only explanation of this unusual building.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Storeroom for Newsdale Construction, LEN 1138180' (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138180)

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  • ExteriorPhoto © Tim Heaton (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.117
  • Roy's Blog, 'CUMBRIA. Lock-ups at Cartmel, Hawkshead, Keswick and Workington.' (29 March 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/03/lock-ups-at-cartmel-hawkshead-keswick.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Storeroom for Newsdale Construction, LEN 1138180'

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138180

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Carlisle Archive Centre

Catalogue ref: DHOD/11/57

Collection: Clerks of the Peace to Cumberland Quarter Sessions

Description: Draft case for counsel's opinion relating to the site for a Lock-up in Workington

Dates: 1848


Archive name: Carlisle Archive Centre

Catalogue ref: Q/A/G/9/3

Collection: Cumberland Quarter Sessions

Description: Petitions for the establishment of Lock-up Houses at Workington, Alston and Maryport, and resolutions for their establishment

Dates: 1847-1848


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