Location Fish Market, Shambles York
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened c1841
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Building Type Police Station
'These lock-ups were clean and orderly at the time of my visit. The defect noticed in a former report of their being unsupplied with water-closets or other convenience, I regret to say, still remains without any remedy. The inconvenience and filthy condition of the cells when crowded, and the unwholesome odour which pervades the whole building, as described by the police, are such as to induce me again to call the attention of the Watch Committee to this point.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1843, XXV. & XXVI.249), p.133
'A new police office station, with lock-ups, have been erected near the shambles. The accommodation for prisoners consists of five cells, one on the ground floor, the others on the upper floor. They are not furnished either with water-closets or any apparatus for warming, and the means adopted for their ventilation appears to have been inadequate.'
Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.1), p.16
Description: Silver Street, formerly Fish Market, where the police lock-up once stood. Ironically, now home to a row of public conveniences!
Photo by: (c) Rosalind Crone