Coleford Lock-up



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Alternative Names   The Turrets

Nation   England

County   Somerset

Location   High Street,  Coleford

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   The Turrets, High Street, Coleford, is said to have been an 'in transit' lock-up, used to accommodate prisoners en route from Bath Courthouse to the prison at Shepton Mallett. The small circular part of the building was used as a cell. The building was connected, by tunnel, to a house on the opposite side of the street where the jailer lived. The jailer used the tunnel to move between the lock-up and his home. The tunnel has since been blocked to protect the privacy of the current residents. The Turrets is now used as a holiday let. The building dates to the 17th century, but the operational dates of the lock-up are not known.


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    Roy's Blog, 'SOMERSET. Lock-ups at Hinton St George, Nether Stowey and Coleford.' (13 July 2013)

  • Information from former residents of the houses in High Street, Coleford.
  • Listing of The Turrets as a holiday let



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