Callington Lock-Up



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Alternative Names   The Clink

Nation   England

County   Cornwall

Location   Tillie Street, adjacent to church,  Callington

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1851

Year closed   1866

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Grade II listed. Replaced in 1866 by new police station (Roy's Blog).


'Vestry room and 2 lock-up cells used as a store. 1851 (datestone) at cost of £60 paid by John Couch Johns. Rubblestone with large granite quoins. String between ground and first floor. Slate roof with gabled ends to north, south and east. Projecting stone stack on west with shaft removed. Square plan with 2 rectangular cells on ground floor and single vestry room on first. 2 storeys, asymmetrical south front. Entrances to cells under 4-centred cut stone arches with original heavy planked doors and fanlights above. Bars to fanlight removed on right. First floor; 2-light casement with pointed Gothic glazing bars. Granite lintel. 4-centred granite arch doorway to right with plank door approached by external stone rubble steps. East side; 3-light casement with pointed Gothic glazing bars and datestone above in gable end. North side with similar casement. Ground rises to north to enclose ground floor. Rubblestone walls extending to south to enclose area in front of clink. Large 4-centred cut granite arch with incised spandrels forming entrance in centre on south. In 1851 Henry Bullen was appointed Parish Constable and used the 2 lock-up cells for drunks and vagrants. Vestry room was used by the relieving officers, with the overseer in attendance, when distributing weekly to the 'Out Poor'. Sheila Lightbody The Book of Callington 1982'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Clink and Forecourt Wall and arch to South, Fore Street, LEN1140076

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    Roy's Blog, 'CORNWALL. Lock-ups at Callington, Cambourne and Launceston.' (01 May 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Clink and Forecourt Wall and arch to South, Fore Street', LEN1140076

  • Callington Heritage Centre, 'The Old Clink, Callington', Cornwall Museums (5 July 2014)



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