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Latitude: 50.6374 / 50°38'14"N
Longitude: -4.3572 / 4°21'25"W
OS Eastings: 233411
OS Northings: 84617
OS Grid: SX334846
Mapcode National: GBR NL.92MP
Mapcode Global: FRA 17RD.4BS
Entry Name: Kensey Place
Listing Date: 7 June 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1195977
English Heritage Legacy ID: 369985
Location: Launceston, Cornwall, PL15
Civil Parish: Launceston
Built-Up Area: Launceston
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Launceston
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SX3284 DOCKACRE ROAD
660-1/4/55 Kensey Place
Prison, later workhouse and almshouses. C17, substantially
rebuilt late C18.
Rubble with granite dressings to rear wing basements; brick
laid to Flemish bond front; steep bitumen-grouted steep rag
slate roofs with projecting front eaves; moulded cornice and
hipped returns; brick axial stacks and lateral stacks to outer
walls of rear wings.
Large U-shaped plan built on slope down at rear.
2 storeys over basement; nearly symmetrical 5:3:5-window road
front with gable (formerly a pediment) with oculus over
slightly-projecting central bays. Segmental arches over
various windows including 2 mid C19 six-pane hornless sashes
to 1st floor right; many old 2-light casements with glazing
bars and some C20 casements, 6 x C20 glazed doors; central
doorway to reduced through passage.
Basement of left-hand rear wing has chamfered 4-centred arched
doorway; 2-light hollow-chamfered and mullioned window on its
left. Wing opposite has heightened 4-centred arched doorway
and outer frame of window.
Rear elevation has original rubble masonry to ground floor
with some openings spanned by oak lintels.
History: In 1664 appalling conditions were reported by a
Quaker named Joseph Coale. In 1803 James Neil describes the
prison as "... a scene of filth, rags and wretchedness
scarcely exceeded in the Tollbooth of Glasgow."
In 1834 the last public flogging was administered to
J.K.Lethbridge, who was tied to a tree in the yard, given 25
lashes, and sentenced to 3 months in the Bridewell for
(Launceston, Past and Present: Robbins AF: Launceston: 1888-:
P.215, 291 AND 306).
Listing NGR: SX3341184617
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