Brading Lock Up House



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Nation   England

County   Hampshire

Location   (ground floor of) Old Town Hall, High Street  Brading

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up, Stocks, Town Hall

Remarks   Appears in the 1837 penal statistics described as a borough gaol and lock up house (nil return).


'Town Hall incorporating lock-up, stocks and whipping post. C17 in origin, altered in C18 and restored in 1875. Ground floor left side stone rubble, right side 1st floor red brick has red brick arcade, the rear part is of Isle of Wight stone rubble. South gable has C19 applied framing in eclectic design. Old tiled roof with C19 iron weathervane. Front elevation is partly stone with 2 C18 round-headed brick arches with cross-shaped iron tie. Stringcourse. 2 casements with leaded lights and cogged cornice below. Open ground floor has stone flagstones. C17 lock-up to left hand side with iron grille over door with 3 diamond shaped bars. Wooden door of horizontal planks. Interior has wooden bench, the bottom part probably C17 the upper part renewed in C19. Right hand side has whipping post up to ceiling, a chamfered post with lambs-tongue stops and holes for inserting chains. Beside this the-wooden stocks, C17 or C18 in two pieces on wooden supports. Unusually five holes. Half winder stair to upper room which has early C19 stone fireplace with pilasters. Roof of 1875 with through purlins and queen struts. First floor was the meeting place of the bailiffs and burgesses of Brading until the C18 when it was converted into a school. Brown's print of 1821 shows the building was originally timber framed on the first floor with diagonal tension braces.'

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    Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendices: Part 2 (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIII.133), p.681
  • Roy's Blog, 'Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Lock-up at Andover, Bishop's Waltham, Easton, Winchester and Brading.' (8 July 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Old Town Hall, including lock-up, stocks and whipping post, LEN 1219522'



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