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County Bridewell, Oundle, Northamptonshire

A County Bridewell, or House of Correction, stood on Mill Road, Oundle.

In 1742 John Southwell was appointed Keeper; and in 1772 , George Ball, of Oundle, Fellmonger, was appointed Keeper, his salary was £12 a year and the prison fees were 3s. 6d.

In 1784, John Howard described the establishment as comprising:

Separate work-rooms, lodging-rooms, and courts for men and women; the whole is in a ruinous insecure state. It is rented by the county at £12 a year. Keeper's salary, £12. Fees, 3s. 6d. no table.

1779, Sep. 22,Prisoners 0.
Oct. 12,0.
1782, May 4,1.

In 1791, Howard reported that:

The house is now purchased by the county. It is in a ruinous condition: never white-washed : no possibility of keeping the prisoners, but in heavy irons : no employment. Allowance in bread &c. 6d. a day.

1788, Aug. 8,Prisoner 1.

The Bridewell subsequently became a short-term lock-up, finally closing in about 1842.


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