Penzance Town Gaol and Bridewell

Overview

Details

Records

Overview

Alternative Names   Penzance Borough Gaol

Prison Type   Local Prison -  Common Gaol & House of Correction/Bridewell

Jurisdiction   Municipality

Date opened   1826

Date closed   1866

Location   St Clare Street   Penzance

Map location   exact or closely approximate

County   Cornwall

Prison Info

Alternative Names   Penzance Borough Gaol

Prison Type   Local Prison

Jurisdiction   Municipality

Date opened   1826

Date closed   1866

Location   St Clare Street   Penzance

Map location   exact or closely approximate
Lat.   50.121399  Long.   -5.542602

County   Cornwall

Prisoner Statistics

 

Year 1828

Annual Committed   -   30

Daily Census   -   30

 

Year 1832

Annual Committed   -   40

Daily Greatest number   -   15

 

Year 1838

Annual Confined   -  

Daily Census   -  

 

Year 1843

Annual Confined   -   63

Daily Census   -   7

 

Year 1848

Annual Confined   -   34

Daily Daily average   -   7

 

Year 1853

Annual Confined   -   39

Daily Daily average   -   4

 

Year 1858

Annual Committed   -   33

Daily Daily average   -   3

 

Year 1863

Annual Committed   -   42

Daily Greatest number   -   10

Principal Primary Sources

  • 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.6
  • Reports and Schedules Pursuant to Gaol Acts (1829, XIX.401), p.25
  • Return of Places of Confinement Outside Gaol Acts in England and Wales (Parl. Papers, 1833, XXVIII.425), p.74
  • Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 1 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.1), p.573
  • Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Second Report (Parl. Papers, 1837, XXXII.659), p.44; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourth Report (Parl. Papers, 1839, XXII.217), p.140; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixth Report (Parl. Papers, 1841 Session 2, V.177), p.192; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Ninth Report (Parl. Papers, 1844, XXIX.391), p.56; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Eleventh Report (Parl. Papers, 1846, XXI.565), p.48; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Twelfth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXV.1), p.51; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Thirteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1847-8, XXXVI.133), p.33; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Fourteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1849, XXVI.93), p.12; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Sixteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1851, XXVII.669), p.126; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Nineteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1854, XXXIV.1), p.22; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain III. Southern and Western District, Twenty-second Report (Parl. Papers, 1857, Session 1, VII.401), p.67; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Southern District, Twenty-fourth Report (Parl. Papers, 1859, Session 1, XI.169), p.17; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Southern District, Twenty-eighth Report (Parl. Papers, 1863, XXIII.1), p.28; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Southern District, Thirtieth Report (Parl. Papers, 1865, XXIII.1), p.56; Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain I. Southern District, Thirty-first Report (Parl. Papers, 1866, XXXVII.1), p.48

Secondary Sources

  • P.A.S. Pool, The History of the Town and Borough of Penzance (Penzance, 1974), p. 103

Management

Archive name: Cornwall Record Office

Catalogue ref: X576/1

Collection: William Bolitho

Description: Note book. Includes diet sheet for convicted prisoners

Dates: 1867-1883


Land & Buildings

Archive name: Cornwall Record Office

Catalogue ref: HC3/1/5/3

Collection: Penzance Dispensary papers

Description: Details of discussions with the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel trustees regarding the sale of part of the old Prison premises, in their ownership, to the dispensary.

Dates: 1870-1871