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Bolton Borough Lock-up

Overview

Location   Old Hall Street,  Bolton

County   Lancashire

Year Opened   c1845

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Remarks   This lock-up was not mentioned during the inspection of lock-ups in Bolton in 1841 - only appears in 1847. Presumed new, and the description of the principal lock-up house in Bowker's Row (https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/bolton-borough-lock-up/) suggests that this one, in Old Hall Street, might have been used primarily for females (and the other for males).

Further information can be found at
https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/bolton-borough-lock-up-2/

Description

  • 'There is another lock-up house in Old Hall-street, which also belongs to the borough, and which consists of three cells, with rooms for a keeper and his wife. The building is ill-constructed, but there is no objection to the site. The cells are of the following dimensions: - [cell 1 = 530 cubic feet; cell 2 = 300 cubic feet] The cells appear to be always dry and secure. They are warmed by a stove in the passage, but the only provision for light and ventilation is a wire grating over the door. The food and bedding are the same as at the principal lock-up house [i.e. Bowker's Row]. The place was clean and in good order. The keeper, who is a borough officer, appeared to be well qualified for his duties. His wife attends to the female prisoners. This lock-up house could not readily be made suitable, in all respects, for a place of confinement.'
    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.80

Sources

  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Northern District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.361), p.80