Location South-east corner of St Thomas's Churchyard, East End Rd, Bradwell-on-Sea (otherwise Bradwell-Juxta-Mare)
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened Unknown
Year closed Unknown
Century of Operation 1700-1799, 1800-1899
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Grade II listed. Listing dates building to 18th century but Essex County Council gives building date of 1817. Sketch by A. B. Bamford in 1897 shows lock-up still in use and good order.
'Lock-up. C18. Red brick. Pointed hipped red tiled roof with red ridge tiles. Dentilled eaves cornice. The heavy 3 board door with iron louvre of 12 vertical slits. Attached vertically to left door jamb are stocks/whipping post with 4 semi-circular wooden grooves and 3 matching and locking iron grooves, lock at base, to right of door are 5 grooves with no locking device. RCHM 7.'
Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Village Lock Up with Stocks and Whipping Post Attached to Doorframe South East Corner of Churchyard of St Thomas', Bradwell-on-Sea, LEN1337396
' the square brick lock-up built in 1817. The lock-up provides a strong corner feature'
Essex County Council and Maldon District Council, 'Bradwell-on-Sea Conservation Area Review and Character Appraisal', 2006, p.22.
'Bradwell-juxta-Mare. The cage here, which was inspected by the Society at their meeting last summer, is of some interest, as it is still in fair order and has on one doorpost the iron appendages previously mentioned for confining the wrists when a prisoner underwent the punishment of flogging. The building is of brick and adjoins the churchyard. It will be noticed that both door-posts have hollows cut into them, and that the post next the churchyard has still hanging on it the bent iron bar, which, when closed over these hollows, would securely hold any person's wrist. The iron bar formerly on the other post has become detached and lost, but the staples for fixing it are still in the post. It would be impossible for any prisoner, with one hand held by each post, to get away, or twist himself so as to avoid the whip or other instrument by which he was being punished ; and I have no doubt that could these posts speak, they would tell us of much misery they have helped to cause, but if they also said that it would be a good thing again to introduce this wholesome deterrent, the lash, many would feel inclined to agree with them. '
Henry Laver, ‘The Parish-Cage and Whipping-Post’, Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society, Vol.VII, (Colchester, 1900), pp.37-39.
Description: Village lock-up, Bradwell on Sea
Photo by: Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Description: The Cage and Whipping Post, Bradwell on Sea (A. B. Bamford, 1897)