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The Castle Cary Round House

Local historian, Chris Hicks, tells us about the various uses of the Castle Cary Round House over its lifetime, from holding pen for truant children to licensed wedding venue… Primarily intended for the temporary incarceration of drunkards and other miscreants,…

Restoring the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden

In this blog, Carol Jackson of the Chipping Campden History Society explains how the restoration of the Old Police Station was made possible through the establishment of a community venture scheme: The Peelers Trust. The Old Police Station in Chipping…

The Lock-up in Ashwell, Hertfordshire

by David Short, local historian. In May 1994, Anglia News broadcast a piece in which I was seen to lock up a group of children in the Lock-up and walk away apparently without a care in the world. A few…

The history of Bridewell

We’re delighted to share the history of Bridewell Palace from author David Breakspear.   A House of Correction in 16th century England did exactly what it said on the tin. They were established to correct what was considered as disorderly…

Ripon House of Correction

  By Leah Mellors, Curator, Ripon Museum Trust Ripon Prison & Police Museum tells the story of the police and prisons services in Yorkshire and the Humber since the early 1800s. The museum is housed in a complex of buildings…

Chippenham’s Medieval Hall

By Melissa Barnett, curator, Yelde Hall The Yelde Hall, a rare surviving example of a medieval civic or town hall, is Chippenham’s most iconic building. One of very few remaining timber framed buildings, it is also one of the town’s…

Berkhamsted Lock-Up

by Elaine Saunders @earlypolicing The establishment of Berkhamsted’s house of correction in the mid eighteenth century marked the beginning of over 200 years of imprisonment and policing on the same site. Houses of correction, or bridewells, were established nationwide in…

Lock-ups in Cranbrook

By Rod Dann, Curator, Cranbrook Museum The first pictorial indication of penal correction can clearly be seen in the drawing of Cranbrook’s first market building where the stocks are evident. The first lock-up called the ‘cage’ possibly dates from 1717…

Steelhouse Lane Lock-up

by Corinne Brazier, archivist at the West Midlands Police Museum.   Birmingham campaigned for over 30 years to become an assize town and hold an assize court – this was finally granted in 1886 when planning commenced for the Victoria…