Case re Parliamentary Bills

Scope and Content

Case relating to two Bills now going through Parliament for the more speedy and effectual recovery of small debts in the parishes of Ashton under Lyne and Manchester co. Lancs. If the Bills are enacted the two parishes will be able to send debtors to the New Bayley Prison in Salford. Other parishes in Salford hundred may make similar applications, which would necessitate the construction of a new building at public expense. Conditions inside the New Bayley are described.

[Petitions for both Bills were presented to Parliament on 22 February 1808. The Ashton under Lyne Bill received royal assent on 3 June 1808, the Manchester Bill on 18 June. For a copy of the Ashton under Lyne Act see EGR4/2/7/13/1 among the papers of George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford.]