Ancestry UK

Borough Gaol and Lock-up House, Liskeard, Cornwall

In 1587, the borough of Liskeard purchased a property on Fore Street for use as a Town Gaol. It was situated at the southern end of the old Guildhall building. In 1818, it could house two prisoners in rooms 16 feet square. The total number of prisoners held there during 1818 was seven.

The prison, appears to have mainly been used as a lock-up, had fallen out of use by the late 1830s.


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