Ancestry UK

Town Gaol, Whitehaven, Cumberland

The Whitehaven Town Gaol occupied part of the town workhouse, which was erected on Scotch Street in 1743.

In 1784, John Howard described it as comprising:

Two rooms up stairs; and a dungeon in which they used to confine transports brought hither to be shipped. All dirty and offensive. 1779, Sep. 18, No prisoners.

The prison appears to have ceased operation by 1812.


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