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Town Gaol and Bridewell, Queenborough, Kent

In 1818, Queenborough was recorded as possessing a Town Gaol and Bridewell, or House of Correction, each section able to accommodate two prisoners. The establishment was located under the Guildhall and comprised two rooms, each about 12 feet square. In 1835, it was said the persons were very rarely confined in it and seems to have primarily acted as a lock-up. The borough corporation had an arrangement for committing prisoners to the county gaol, on paying a certain sum for the maintenance of the persons committed.

The facility existed up until the 1860s.


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