Cirencester Gaol



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Alternative Names   Cirencester Lock-up

Nation   England

County   Gloucestershire

Location   Trinity Road (in the grounds of the Cotswald District Council Offices)  Cirencester

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1837

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up

Remarks   Originally built 1804, but moved to present site (and re-erected) in 1837. Stood by the workhouse. Abandoned when the workhouse was closed.


'This 18th century building stood in Gloucester Street until moved here by 1837 to form part of Cirencester Workhouse. Now restored, it displays the history of both buildings''

Monument plaque

'Lock-up. C18. Limestone ashlar; limestone ashlar centreless vaulted roof. Rectangular plan. Two C20 plank doors in plain reveals to N facing long side; small window with wrought-iron grille with chamfered reveal to each short side. Shallow plinth. INTERIOR not inspected; said to be divided into 2 cells with later doors. Lock-up originally sited in Gloucester Street, moved to present site on erection of workhouse, now Cotswold District Council offices, in 1837.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-up in the grounds of Cotswold District Council Offices, LEN 1187695' (

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    Roy's Blog, 'Gloucestershire. Lock-ups at Bibery, Bisley, Bitton and Cirencester' (27 April 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-up in the grounds of Cotswold District Council Offices, LEN 1187695'



Archive name: Gloucestershire Archives

Catalogue ref: P86/1 CH 12/2

Collection: Cirencester Anglican parish, Charities, Monox's Charity

Description: Leases, Dyer Street. Site of old Gaol or Bridewell (Bear Inn on west) (1698-1840)

Dates: 1698-1840


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