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Lincoln Castle Prison

Hob Uid: 1128351
Location :
Lincolnshire
Lincoln
Lincoln
Grid Ref : SK9750071800
Summary : In 1774 discussions began to take place regarding the construction of a new county gaol as the current gaol had been recognised as unfit in March of that year. It was not until 1785 that William Lumby's design was chosen. The new prison was built between 1785 and 1790. The prison was T-shaped and was divided into night rooms and cells for inmates in the base of the T, while the front range was predominantly occupied by the gaoler and by offices. Each category of inmate had an exercise yard and in 1832 an additional large yard was created at the west side of the prison for debtors. The rear prison wing was truncated when the new wing was added in the 1840s. The new gaol building was built between 1845 and 1848. It is three storied, with a short four bay female wing separated from a larger male wing. The male wing consists of nine cell bays, divided into two and seven bay sections by an area which looks as if it is a centre which has not had extra wings added. The most remarkable fittings which probably survive from the 1840s are those of the chapel in the rear part of the front wing. Each inmate had a single pew which prevented them from seeing adjacent inmates, their only view being forwards to the pulpit. In 1878 the prison was discontinued.
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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : 1812. Report from Commissioners on the Condition of the Prisoners in Lincoln Castle
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built between 1785 and 1790.
Monument End Date : 1790
Monument Start Date : 1785
Monument Type : Gaol, Exercise Yard, Boundary Wall, Cell Block
Evidence : Extant Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built in 1832.
Monument End Date : 1832
Monument Start Date : 1832
Monument Type : Gaol, Exercise Yard
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built between 1845 and 1848.
Monument End Date : 1848
Monument Start Date : 1845
Monument Type : Gaol, Cell Block, Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Discontinued in 1878.
Monument End Date : 1878
Monument Start Date : 1878
Monument Type : Gaol
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 93794
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 197429
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 97 SE 143
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : RCHME: PRISONS PROJECT
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-01-01
End Date : 1998-12-01
Associated Activities : PRISON BUILDINGS, LINCOLN CASTLE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2004-01-01
End Date : 2004-12-31
Associated Activities : HERITAGE SKILLS CENTRE, LINCOLN CASTLE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2009-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31