Okehampton Borough Gaol

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Overview

Alternative Names   Okehampton Town Gaol

Prison Type   Local Prison -  Common Gaol, Lock Up

Jurisdiction   Municipality

Date opened   pre 1800

Date closed   [1837]

Location   Riverbank, West Bridge   Okehampton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

County   Devon

Critical Remarks

Last appears in the penal statistics for 1836. Continued to be used as a lock up after this date.

Prison Info

Alternative Names   Okehampton Town Gaol

Prison Type   Local Prison

Jurisdiction   Municipality

Date opened   pre 1800

Date closed   [1837]

Location   Riverbank, West Bridge   Okehampton

Map location   exact or closely approximate
Lat.   50.739212  Long.   -4.0049585

County   Devon

Critical Remarks

Last appears in the penal statistics for 1836. Continued to be used as a lock up after this date.

Prisoner Statistics

 

Year 1818

Annual Committed   -   3

Daily Greatest number   -   3

 

Year 1828

Annual Committed   -   5

Daily Census   -   1

 

Year 1832

Annual Committed   -   0

Daily Greatest number   -   0

Principal Primary Sources

  • James Neild, The State of the Prisons of England, Scotland and Wales (London, 1812), p.462
  • Account of Gaols, Houses of Correction or Penitentiaries in the United Kingdom, 1818 (Parl. Papers, 1819, XVII.371), p.10
  • Eighth Report of the Committee of the Society for the Improvement of Prison Discipline and for the Reformation of Juvenile Offenders (London, 1832), Appendix, p.10
  • Reports and Schedules Pursuant to Gaol Acts (1829, XIX.401), p.36
  • Return of Places of Confinement Outside Gaol Acts in England and Wales (Parl. Papers, 1833, XXVIII.425), p.72
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 1 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.1), p.558
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.659), p.34; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.150

Additional Primary Sources

  • William White, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire (Sheffield, 1850), p. 21.

Secondary Sources

  • http://www.tavistock-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=2116&headline=Town%E2%80%99s%20history%20in%20the%20spotlight&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2012

Management

Archive name: Devon Heritage Centre

Catalogue ref: 3248A-0/20/15

Collection: Okehampton Borough

Description: Copy case for opinion relating to the liability of the parish to rebuild the bridge and Gaol

Dates: 1830


Land & Buildings

Archive name: Devon Heritage Centre

Catalogue ref: 3248A-0/20/21

Collection: Okehampton Borough

Description: Case for opinion concerning legal possession of the Prison House

Dates: 1875