Quarter Sessions Bundles (ERO Q/SBb55)

1712 michaelmas (September 1712)

document 21000312

(rough summary) Colchester house of correction only an under arch of the castle and formerly a dungeon so damp and unwholesome that it not only impairs and endangers the health of the prisoners but also rots and destroys the bedding and other furniture the keeper offered to move it at his own charge to a more convenient place the justices of the eastern division disagree but later approved by the justices at quarter sessions the building was later passed by a carpenter and bricklayer who describe it as five feet above ground level and requiring three to four days work for a bricklayer and mason