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Crime and punishment
A commodious lock-up

  Paying to house the local felons
The extract shown here from the Quarter Sessions records of Breconshire refers to the commissioning in 1832 of a new town 'Lock-up House' for the temporary housing of the local lawbreakers in Builth. The cost was to be met by local subscriptions plus a contribution from county money.

Quarter Sessions
Midsummer 1832

County Archives

Quarter Sessions extract
  The extract from the Order Books reads as follows:
"A Plan and Estimate having been produced for the Erection of this Lock up house and it appearing that Subscriptions have been raised in the neighbourhood for making a commodious Lock up House with a Magistrates Room over it the expence of which will considerably increase the sum allowed by this Court at the last Quarter Sessions. Ordered that the further sum of Twenty pounds be granted in aid of such subscriptions."