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Whitehaven Police Cells

Overview

Location   police station, 19 King Street  Whitehaven

County   Cumberland

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Further information can be found at
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Descriptions

  • 'In addition to the prison in this town (which, besides being used as a regular prison, is made to serve the purpose of a lock up house), there are two cells at the police station in the middle of the town. These cells, however, are not fit for use, and are not capable of improvement. The doors of the cells open into a yard behind the police office. The cells are each about 14 feet long, 4 feet broad, and 7 feet high ... One cell is dry; but the other is damp. There is no provision for warming the cells, and they are very ill ventilated. In one of them, although there was no prisoner, the air was very offensive. A small opening in the door is the only provision for admitted light or air ... There were wooden benches to lie on, but there was no bedding. The cells were clean.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.116

  • 'the [Police] Station is at 19, King street, where there is also a lock up'
    Mannix and Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland (Beverley, 1847), p. 392-3

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.116
  • Mannix and Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland (Beverley, 1847), p. 392-3