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Quarter Session Report (Extract) 1870 Easter

Quarter Session report from Easter Sessions 1870 on Huntingdon County Gaol, with reports from the Governor, Surgeon and Visiting Justices.



...the rules, &c., had been observed and that the several officers had discharged their duties regularly. The conduct of the prisoners had been orderly, and their health good, with one exception, that of a prisoner named Jonas Gailer, who died of consumption on the 29th ult. there was a decrease of 14 in the number of prisoners committed during the quarter in comparison with the corresponding quarter of 1869, but increase of 8 in the daily average, and decrease of 11 in the number of recommittals. the bills exhibit an increase of 97l 18s 1d over those of the corresponding quarter 1869. The remarks offered by the visiting Justices on this point were that the increase of 13l 11s 4d in the general diet were more than accounted for by the increase of the daily average number of prisoners, the cost of each being calculated at 41/2d per head per day. An increase of 6l 12s 2d in the extra diet was to a considerable extent caused by the sickness of the prisoner Gailer. In fuel and lights the increase was 19l 3s 4d caused mainly by laying in a stock of coals from necessity in March which will probably last through the ensuing quarter. There was also an increase of 37l 15s in repairs and the sum of 34l 8s 10d had been previously allowed by the Court for the enlargement of the Chapel, and 15l for officers clothing had been included in the Midsummer account of last year. There was also a small sum for the removal of transports. A certificate from Mr Briscoe, Inspector of Prisons, was laid before the Court with reference to the cells in buildings Nos. 2 and 3, which have been recently remodelled, and a letter from the same gentleman as to the removal of a partition wall in the same building, upon which they requested the opinion of the Court.

Mr. Tillard, on moving the adoption of the report, said with regard to the cells named by Mr. Briscoe, they were enabled to keep prisoners in them much longer than they anticipated, that instead of three months it could be six months, and with regard to the wall, Mr. Hutchinson had examined it and the architect's opinion was that it could be taken away with safety. Mr. Hutchinson said that the wall could be removed without danger, and would improve the building. Mr G. Rust seconded the adoption of the report, and that the alteration be carried out in the gaol.


The Gaoler reported that all criminal prisoners, except those in hospital, had during the past quarter been kept in separation, and all convicted prisoners had been employed at labour of the first and second class for ten hours daily. The number in custody on this day (Monday) was 61, showing an increase of 19 at the same date in April 1869.


Embezzling at Huntingdon

Edwin Border, 16, watchmaker, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with embezzling the sum of 9s 11d, the property of his master, Charles Gatward, watchmaker, at Huntingdon on March 9th. It appears the prisoner took the money for a bill in the absence of his master, and applied it to his own use. The chairman said it was a serious thing for a young man to rob his master. The sentence of the Court was that he be imprisoned for the space of three calendar months hard labour.

HG sat. 9th April 1870