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Otley Lock Up House

Overview

Location   unknown  Otley

County   Yorkshire

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

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Description

  • 'This lock up house is rather inconveniently situated on the outskirts of the town. It contains three cells, two opening into a passage and the third into the yard, into which the passage opens. The building belongs to the town ... The cells were dry, but they are dark. There is no provision for warming them, and the only ventilation is what is obtained by small holes in the walls. There is no resident keeper, but the cells are tolerably secure. The hole for ventilating one of the cells communicates with the stree, and would admit of persons on the outside speaking to the prisoners ... The cells are provided with guard beds, mattresses, and loose straw.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.106

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.106