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Hexham Lock Up House

Overview

Location   unknown  Hexham

County   Northumberland

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Further information can be found at
https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/hexham-lock-up-house/

Description

  • 'This lock up house consists of a single cell, with small openings into an adjoining passage to serve as a window. There is an open fire place and a guard bed. The officer who showed me the place said that they were sometimes obliged to let female offenders escape, because they had no place to put them in when the cell was occupied by males. There is a heap of dirt in the cell, which the prisoners use to relieve themselves upon for want of a water closet or night stool.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.369), p.30

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Seventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1842, XXI.369), p.30