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Colne Lock Up House

Overview

Location   police station  Colne

County   Lancashire

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

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Description

  • 'The police station, of which this lock-up house forms part, contains two cells for prisoners, apartments for the constables, and a good court-room for magistrates. It is situated in the centre of the town, in a sort of back court, and is closely surrounded by small houses ... The two cells are each 13 feet long, 7 feet wide, 9 feet high, and contain, therefore, about 800 cubic feet each. They open into a passage, which is capable of being used for the prisoners to exercise in. The cells are dry and secure, and are well warmed by a hot-water apparatus; but they are not sufficiently lighted or ventilated. The cells are provided with guard beds; but there is no bedding. The keeper, however, who is a police sergeant, said that, in cold weather, he lent the prisoners an old coat to use in the night.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.71

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.71