Submit a Lock-Up

We want Your Local Lock-Up to be as comprehensive as possible. For that, we need your help. We are actively seeking details of any structure used for temporary confinement up to the end of the twentieth century – including purpose-built lock-ups, cells in police stations, town halls and courthouses, and stocks, to name just a few.

Please use the form below to submit a new lock-up to our database. Before you start, you might like to check whether we have your lock up in the database already – please click on ‘Find a Lock-Up’ to see. If we do already have your lock-up, please do use the links on the record display to give us any additional information you might have, especially any descriptions or images, historic or contemporary.

If you are submitting a new lock-up to the database, we understand that you might not have much information about it. We are just grateful for anything you can tell us! Most of all, we would really like to know its location (parish or town will do), when it was operational, and about where information on it comes from.

If you have any questions about this process, or about the information required by the fields below, take a look at our User Guide, or get in touch. If you have information on multiple lock-ups that you would like to give us, please get in touch or consider becoming a contributor. Many thanks in advance for giving up your time to do this – it is much appreciated!

Lock-up name
Alternative names
Town / Village / Parish
Any other location information, such as a street address or an approximate location, for example: ‘next to the old forge’
Google maps link
Year opened (if known)
Year closed (if known)
The century in which it was operational (if known)
Can you tell us about the physical structure or the type of building that was used as a lock-up? Please select as many options as appropriate. For more information about building types, see our ‘User Guide’.
Please specify the other type of building
If you have any further details to add, or any comments on the lock up, please enter these in the following box:
Could you please tell us about your source of information about the lock-up? This could be a book, a website, an article in a local magazine, a plaque on a monument, or even some form of ‘community knowledge’ passed down orally.

Source details

Source URL

Perhaps you know about this lock-up from a document you found in your local archive or record office. If so, or if you have found any archival documents about the lock-up, we’d love to know about them.

Archive name




Catalogue Ref

To determine the ordering of the records by Category: 1 = Management; 2 = Finance; 3 = Daily Business; 4 = Staff; 5 = Prisoners; 6 = Land & Buildings; 7 = Images; 8 = Other;

Does your source contain, or can you provide, a description of the lock-up? We want to collect both historical and current descriptions of lock-ups.




Do you have a picture of the lock-up? We’d love to add it to the record!
Drop files here to upload
Image description
Image source (Please remember to give us details of the source of the image so that we can credit it appropriately and check copyright. Even if it comes from your camera, we need to know that you’re happy for us to use it!)
Image source URL
Finally, if you’re happy for us to get in touch with you about any of the details supplied, please enter your email address here:
Unique identifier