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Milnthorpe Lock Up House

Overview

Location   unknown  Milnthorpe

County   Westmorland

Year Opened   c1845

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

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Description

  • 'This lock up house was built about two years ago by private subscription, at a cost, I was told, of about 60l; but I cannot congratulate the subscribers on the judicious application of their money. The building is ill adapted for its purposes, and I think it would cost more to render it a suitable place of confinement, than to build an entirely new lock up house. The site is, however, unobjectionable. The building stands in the middle of the town, and in an open place. There are two small cells, each about 7 feet long, 4 feet in average width, and 7 feet high. The situation is dry, but the walls of the cells are damp for want of a proper roof; the present roof, consisting of stone slabs, laid nearly flat. There are small grated apertures to admit light and air; and the constable who has the care of the lock up house said, that spirituous liquors are sometimes supplied through these openings. There is no provision for warming. There is no accommodation for a resident keeper ... the place is very insecure. Soon after the place was built, two prisoners made their escape ... Loose straw is the only provision for bedding.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.113

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.113