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Borough Lock-up House, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire

By the 1830s, a borough Lock-up was in operation at Higham Ferrers in 1835 when it was described as follows:

There is no Gaol here, but merely a lock-up house for the safe custody of prisoners till they can be taken to the county gaol and house of correction. The county magistrates formerly disputed the right of those or the borough to commit offenders to the county prisons; but it is now admitted.

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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a wide variety of crime and prison records going back to the 1770s, including calendars of prisoners, prison registers and criminal registers.
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  • Prison-related records on Ancestry UK include Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951, and local records from London, Swansea, Gloucesterhire and West Yorkshire. More information.
  • The Genealogist also has a number of National Archives' prison records. More information.


  • Prison Oracle - resources those involved in present-day UK prisons.
  • GOV.UK - UK Government's information on sentencing, probation and support for families.