Cirencester Lock-up

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Overview

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   1804 [1837]

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Originally built 1804 and located in Gloucester Street, where it was used as a lock-up for those accused of crime, drunks and those creating a nuisance. Moved to it's present site (and re-erected) in 1837, to serve as a punishment facility for the workhouse. Abandoned when the workhouse was closed. Restored by the Cotswold District Council in the 1980s.

Descriptions

'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' (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1187695)

Featured Images

  • Exterior of the Cirencester Lock-up, at the back of the Cotswold District Council offices in Trinity Road. Note its proximity to the residential dwellings.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Plaque on the exterior wall of the lock-up. Note it is incorrect - the lock-up is a 19th century building, not 18th century.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Exterior of the lock-up, showing the doors to each cell.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Interior of one of the cells.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Door frame - showing the thickness of the walls with the double layer of Cotswold stone© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Interpretative panels on the walls of the cells.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Cell window, or aperture, seen from the inside of one of the cells.© Rosalind Crone (2019)
  • Exterior. Showing the location of the lock-up relative to the Council offices (formerly workhouse buildings)© Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Exterior of the Cirencester Lock-up, at the back of the Cotswold District Council offices in Trinity Road. Note its proximity to the residential dwellings.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Plaque on the exterior wall of the lock-up. Note it is incorrect - the lock-up is a 19th century building, not 18th century.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Exterior of the lock-up, showing the doors to each cell.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Interior of one of the cells.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Door frame - showing the thickness of the walls with the double layer of Cotswold stone

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Interpretative panels on the walls of the cells.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Cell window, or aperture, seen from the inside of one of the cells.

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

Description: Exterior. Showing the location of the lock-up relative to the Council offices (formerly workhouse buildings)

Photo by: © Rosalind Crone (2019)

SOURCES

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

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/04/lock-ups-at-bibery-bisley-and.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-up in the grounds of Cotswold District Council Offices, LEN 1187695'

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1187695
  • 'Cirencester Lock-up and Workhouse: a brief history and guide' (pamphlet published by the Cotswold District Council, 1994)

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