Alternative Names Ashwell Cage
Location In garden of 20 Hodwell, Ashwell
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened 1800
Year closed c.1910
Century of Operation 1800-1899, 1900-1999
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Grade II listed. Built 1800. Lock-up use discontinued early 20th century. Thereafter used as fire engine house. See also David Short's article on Ashwell Lock-Up in the 'Your Stories' section of this website. Used as a lock-up by officers of the newly-formed Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1842.
'Village lock-up or cage. Early-mid C19. Small square building with clunch walls and slate pyramid roof. On W elevation is original studded plank door in oak frame. Barred iron grill above. Flat wooden eaves.'
Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Village Lock-Up in Garden of Number 20' Hodwell, Ashwell, LEN1102712
'...built in 1800' 'It is a small square building with a slate pyramid roof, and with its original studded plank door in an oak frame, and a barred iron grille above.' After a prisoner tunnelled out, 'the authorities decided the lock up was no longer fit for purpose. It was used as a lock-up until the early years of the 20th century, and thereafter housed the parish fire engine'
Ashwell Village Website, 'The Lock Up Gaol'
'Rural Police. Returns...[of] the Number of Station Houses and Strong Rooms, and the Expense of Building, Furnishing, and Repairing and Maintaining the same...Ashwell cage. Expense of fitting up, £2. 16s. No annual rent.'
British Parliamentary Papers 1842, 'Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons: Twenty Volumes. (7.) Crime. Police. Vol. XXXII. Rural Police', p.9.