Buxton County Lock Up House



Comments Print


Nation   England

County   Derbyshire

Location   unknown  Buxton

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   c1829

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up


'This lock up house is a detached building consisting of two cells, but without any accommodation for a resident keeper. The situation is unobjectionable, but the building is very ill adapted for its purposes. The parish constable stated that it was built at the cost of the township about twenty years ago; that it was intended chiefly for vagrants in want of a nights lodging, and that it is to this use that it has been chiefly applied ... Only one cell is used, the other being filled with coal and various articles. This cell is about 9 feet long, 6 feet wide and 6 feet high. It is dry, and warmed by an open fire. It is ventilated by an unglazed opening, to which people on the outside have access, and through which, consequently anything can be handed in ... There are two horizontal poles fixed on each side of the cell for people to sit on, and there was some loose straw to serve as bedding. The constable said that there were formerly proper benches, but that they had been pulled to pieces and burnt.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.291), p.168

Featured Images

We don’t have any historical or contemporary pictures of this lock-up at present. If you could give us one, or maybe several, we would be delighted! Follow this link to submit an image of this lock-up. For more information on how to photograph lock ups for the purposes of historical research, please see our User Guide.


    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain II. Northern and Eastern District, Fifteenth Report (Parl. Papers, 1850, XXVIII.291), p.168


Archive name: Derbyshire Record Office

Catalogue ref: D2200/C/1/1-2

Collection: Derbyshire County Council

Description: County Architect's plans of public buildings, including Lock-ups at Ashbourne, Bolsover, Burton-on-Trent, Matlock Bridge, Tideswell, and Buxton

Dates: Late 19th century


Is there something you’d like to tell us about this lock-up which doesn’t fit easily into the categories of information above? Perhaps you have a good story about someone who was confined in the lock up. Would you like to start a conversation about the lock-up with others who are also interested in either lock-ups or local history? Or would you like to tell us how you have used the data on this lock-up? Please leave a reply!

Alternatively, if you would like to correct or add to the data in the record, please follow this link. Or, click here if you like to find out more about contributing to this project.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *