Alternative Names Cage
Location Former Market Place, Canterbury
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened 1518
Year closed Unknown
Century of Operation 1500-1599
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Built next to existing pillory in 1518-19. The pillory (see separate listing) stood in the Market Place but the modern location of the market could not be ascertained. A building situated within the grounds of Greyfriars Franciscan friary was once used as a lock-up but it is unknown whether this is the same building as the Market Place Cage.
'...in 1518-19 carpenters and sawyers had been paid for the construction "of the new Cage standing beside the pillory" intended for "scolds and other malefactors"...The Canterbury cage was repaired four times between 1527 and 1544'
Karen Jones, Gender and Petty Crime in Late Medieval England: The Local Courts in Kent, 1460-1560. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2006. P.125
'The site of Greyfriars is in the south-western part of the historic centre of Canterbury, within the circuit of defensive walls...In 1267 there came a further grant of land...for the building of a permanent friary complex. An extensive group of stone buildings was erected here...in 1566 it passed into the Lovelace family, who built a substantial house on the site of the friary, probably incorporating some of the medieval buildings...Greyfriars became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1916...The land was acquired in 1919 by Major HG James...who]...carried out the first excavations here and uncovered the foundations of the post-1276 friary church; he also paid for the restoration of the one surviving building, which had been used as a lock-up and later divided into tenements, by the architect RH Goodsall. '
Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Greyfriars Canterbury', LEN1005195
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