Barnard Castle Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   Market Cross

Nation   England

County   Durham

Location   Island site at junction of The Bank (A67) and Newgate,  Barnard Castle

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   Unknown

Building Type   Town hall and courthouse

Remarks   Grade I listed. Built in 1747 and served as the town hall, courtroom, lock-up and fire station. Dates of lock-up use unknown.


'Market cross or butter market. At various times also Town Hall, court room, lock-up and fire station. Dated 1747. Built at the expense of Thomas Breaks. Ashlar with roofs of graduated slates. Octagonal plan. EXTERIOR: 2-storey tower with pent arcaded shelter. Dwarf walls, graduated to accommodate the slope of The Bank, support Tuscan arcade with 4 columns to each side (24 in all), and entablature supporting steep pent roof. Entrance in centre of Market Place side to north. Within arcade, octagonal base of tower has keyed arches with impost bands and paved central space. Above arcade, sill band to Venetian windows with glazing bars on north, south, east and west sides, and round-headed niches on alternate sides. Deep eaves cornice. Hipped roof supports high lantern with ogee dome and weather-vane finial. Base of tower contains renewed winding stair with newel posts. On second floor, above entrance, a stone panel inscribed: 'THIS BUILDING WAS/ ERECTED 1747 AT/ THE EXPENSE OF/ THOMAS BREAKS, ESQ/ NATIVE OF THIS PLACE'. INTERIOR: not inspected. HISTORY: blue plaque within arcade gives history of use of structure; C19 painted notice records that the Corn Returns for the Town of Barnard Castle are to be made and delivered at the Inland Revenue office, Hall Street. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: County Durham: Harmondsworth: 1983-: 87). '

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Market Cross', Barnard Castle, LEN1201323

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  • The Butter Market, Barnard CastlePhoto © David Lally (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • The Butter Market, Barnard CastlePhoto © nick macneill (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: The Butter Market, Barnard Castle

Photo by: Photo © David Lally (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: The Butter Market, Barnard Castle

Photo by: Photo © nick macneill (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Roy's Blog, 'DURHAM & NORTHUMBERLAND. Lock-ups at Barnard Castle, Staindrop, Morpeth & Stamfordham.' (29 March 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Market Cross', Barnard Castle, LEN1201323



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