Catalogue description BEDFORD PRISON

This record is held by Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service

Details of PRIS
Reference: PRIS
Title: BEDFORD PRISON
Description:

The numbers in brackets after the heading for each class of records refers to the HMSO or Prison Service stationery reference code for the specific type of register or volume.

 

List of classes (with prescribed closure periods)

 

GOVERNOR

 

PRIS 1/1 Governor's orders 1945-1982

 

PRIS 1/2 Governor's journals (75 year closure) [1852-1877], 1924-1984

 

PRISONERS

 

PRIS 2/1 Calendars of Prisoners (100 year closure) 1882-1942

 

PRIS 2/2 Nominal registers (i.e. Registers of Prisoners) 1879-1957

 

PRIS 2/3 Various records re prisoners 1844-1970

 

OFFICERS

 

PRIS 3/1 Officers' pay records 1917-1920

 

PRIS 3/2 Registers of prison officers (50 year closure) 1890-1975

 

PRISON VISITORS / COMMISSIONERS / INSPECTORS

 

PRIS 4/1 General 1921-1956

 

PRIS 4/2 Visiting Committee rota books (75 year closure) 1881-1982

 

PRIS 4/3 Visiting Committee minute books (75 year closure) 1878-1986

 

RULES, REGULATIONS, OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS etc.

 

PRIS 5 Rules and regulations etc. 1953-1957

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

PRIS 6/1 Miscellanea, including:

 

Register of executions (50 year closure) 1895-1962

 

Prison letterbook 1905-1926

 

Other miscellaneous records C 20th

Date: 1844-1986
Related material:

For records of Bedford Prison while under the control of Quarter Sessions (i.e. pre-1878) see QG catalogues

 

Records for the former gaols at Cambridge, Huntingdon and Northampton, found among the material at Bedford Prison have been transferred to the appropriate County Record Office. Lists of material for these prisons appear at the end of this list.

 

CAMBRIDGE GAOL

 

Cambridge gaol closed on 15 June 1916, having been discontinued under s.33 of the Prison Act 1877 on 31 May 1916.

 

Cambridge Borough Gaol: receiving book 1850 poor

 

One section only from volume which originally contained over 650 pages. Surviving section includes pp.1-20 and index to whole volume

 

Cambridge Town gaol: Nominal register 1850-1859 poor

 

Includes index

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1329-2823; 1-755) 1885-1887 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 756-2120; 1-904) 1888-1890 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 905-3136) 1890-1892 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3137-3550; 1-1861) 1892-1895 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1862-3261; 1-864) 1895-1898 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 865-3139) 1898-1901 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1849-4087) 1904-1906 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 4089-4372; 1-1971) 1906-1909 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1972-3637; 1-598) 1909-1911 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 599-2130; 1-731) 1911-1916 poor

 

Nominal register (female) (Nos. 1-519) 1893-1914 poor

 

Photographs of inmates (Book CC) [identified as Cambridge by cross reference to the registers] 1883-1901 fair

 

Photographs of inmates (Book CC) [as last] 1901-1905 fair

 

Record of two hangings in Cambridge gaol 1910, 1913 poor

 

Register of officers [identified from internal evidence] 1897-1916 fair

 

HUNTINGDON GAOL

 

Huntingdon gaol closed in April 1885, having been discontinued under s.33 of the Prison Act 1877 on 25 April 1885

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1129-2289 - complete except for 1313-1320, 1601-1608, and final page(s)] June 1881 to August 1884 poor

 

Nominal register (Nos. 2290-2465) 1884-1885 fair

 

NORTHAMPTON GAOL

 

Northampton gaol closed on 20 March 1922, although it was not formally discontinued under s.33 of the Prison Act 1877 until 19 September 1928.

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1-2240; debtors 1-39) 1884-1886 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1-2200; debtors 1-34) 1886-1888 poor

 

Nominal register (Nos. 2201-2328; 1-2087; debtors 1-44) 1888-1889 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 2088-2622; 1-1689) 1889-1891 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1690-3984) 1891-1893 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3985-6031; 1-247) 1893-1895 poor

 

Nominal register (Nos. 248-2503) 1895-1896 poor

 

Nominal register (Nos. 764-3066) 1898-1901 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3067-5319) 1901-1902 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 5320-6063; 1-1487) 1902-1904 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1488-3747) 1904-1905 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3748-6012) 1905-1905 mouldy

 

Nominal register (Nos. 6013-8276) 1907-1908 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 8277-8850; 1-1689) 1908-1910 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 1690-3954) 1910-1912 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3955-5176; 1-1042) 1912-1914 fair

 

Nominal register (Nos. 3323-3701) 1920-1922 fair

 

Nominal register (female) (Nos. 1-2253) 1893-1905 poor

 

Nominal register (female) (Nos. 2254-3339, 1-803) 1906-1922 fair

 

Form of service at/after execution [used at Northampton gaol] n.d. [1897] good

 

Calendar of prisoners 1892-1901 tatty

 

Quarter Sessions, County of Northampton 1892-1901

 

Calendar of prisoners 1892-1901 fair

 

Quarter Sessions, Borough of Northampton

 

Calendar of prisoners 1941-1942

 

Quarter Sessions, Northampton and Warwick (loose items)

 

PC Prison.002

Held by: Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Creator:

Bedford Prison

Physical description: 15 series
Access conditions:

Items reported in 1989 but not seen during inspection by the County Archivist in November 1991 and not deposited in 1994:

 

Nominal register [which gaol?] 1879-1882 not seen

 

Nominal register (Bedford) 1933-1935 not seen

 

Nominal register (Bedford) 1940-1941 not seen

 

Nominal register 1945-1947 not seen

 

Nominal register 1951-1957 not seen

 

Notification of results of application n.d. not seen

 

Emergency Civil Defence scheme July 1942 not seen

 

Photographs 1901-1951 not seen

 

Personal record book, letters etc. [2pp] n.d. not seen

 

Item seen but not deposited (still in use):

 

Register of deaths in prison [still in use, e.g. for prison suicides] 1879-1990 fair

 

Gives register number, name, committal, last admission to hospital, death, illness, health on reception, age at death, cause of death, result of post-mortem, previous admissions into hospital (with dates), previous occupation, occupation in prison

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acc.no. 7447

 

Records from Bedford Prison (mainly post-1878) deposited in the Bedfordshire County Record Office on 24 February 1994.

Subjects:
  • Prisoners
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