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Torquay Lock-Up

Overview

Location   Near roundabout at junction of Abbey Street and Union Street,  Torquay

County   Devon

Year Opened   1851

Year Closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Remarks   Grade II listed but listing does not reference lock-up. Arched lock-up door at ground level below clock tower and fronting Union Street

Entrances to public toilets beneath a clock tower in TorquayPhoto © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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

Description

  • 'Brooke recounts an anecdote about a "half-wit" locked in the clink who on discovering that the sewer ran beneath the building, removed the stone slabs and escaped by it, emerging at Torquay harbour "smelling evilly". The same man, on another occasion, smashed the bolts on the cell door with the bedstead provided in the cell. '
    Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), p. 7

Sources

  • Roy's Blog, 'DEVON. Lock-ups at Axminster, Dartmouth, Denbury, Ipplepen, Paignton, Sidmouth, Torquay and Totnes.' (03 May 2013)
    http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/05/lock-ups-at-axminster-denbury.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Town Hall', Torquay, LEN1291593
    https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1291593
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), p. 7