Farnsfield Lock-up

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Nottinghamshire

Location   Mansfield Road, a short distance west from Chapel Lane. A pathway to Wilson's Field recreation ground runs alongside.  Farnsfield

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1850

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   The Farnsfield Lock-up was built in 1850 by a contractor called Mr W Nixon. It is listed by Historic England. It is red brick with stone dressings, and a slate roof. It has one small opening with metal bars in the right hand wall and a lozenge shaped ventilator in the front wall above the door. The door is wood with stud headed nails and has heavy sheet metal backing. There is a curved iron fixture on the rear of the right hand wall. There are two holes in the front brickwork, either side of the door at ground level and now fitted with ventilation bricks. Inside is a single cell space with evidence of 2 chains, one each side wall at the rear. We have found 2 newspaper reports of the use of the lock-up. 1) February 1857, 'drunk & disorderly' 2 drunks from a party of potters were locked up before being taken to Southwell magistrate. 2) August 1876, 'violent assault' Samuel Hunt was detained in the lock-up overnight after a violent assault on a local blacksmith. He was taken before the magistrate on the following day. There is also an anecdotal report in August 1962 that refers to an incident probably in the early years of the lock-up's use when a man was locked up for being drunk and in the morning his wife gave him beer through a clay pipe fed through the window bars. We have opened the lock-up twice as a 'pop-up' museum in 2018 - 19 to allow people to see inside and provide information from our research about the building, crime & punishment in 18th & 19th century rural England & life in Farnsfield, old village photos etc.

Descriptions

'Lockup. Early C19. Red brick, with brick and ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Open pediments formed in the gables with raised brick bands. Single storey, single bay. Gable end to road with doorway with chamfered ashlar surround and heavy wooden plank door with stud headed nails. Above is a lozenge shaped ventilator. In the right wall is an opening with chamfered ashlar surround and metal grille and bars.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-up, Farnsfield', LEN 1370202

'Date of build: Nottinghamshire Guardian newspaper. 1) 4th July 1850, agreement to build a lock-up at parish meeting. 2) 18th July 1850, contractor for build named as Mr W. Nixon. 3) 1st August 1850, building of lock-up completed. 4) 22nd August 1850 a 2 & three quarter pence rate collected to pay for lock-up'

Nottinghamshire Guardian

Featured Images

  • Farnsfield lock-up, exterior© Gill Sarre (with kind permission)
  • Farnsfield lock-up, circular iron fixture located on rear right hand corner© Gill Sarre (with kind permission)
  • Farnsfield Lock-up, close up of door© Gill Sarre (with kind permission)
  • Farnsfield Lock-up, close up of window, with iron bars© Gill Sarre (with kind permission)

Description: Farnsfield lock-up, exterior

Photo by: © Gill Sarre (with kind permission)

Description: Farnsfield lock-up, circular iron fixture located on rear right hand corner

Photo by: © Gill Sarre (with kind permission)

Description: Farnsfield Lock-up, close up of door

Photo by: © Gill Sarre (with kind permission)

Description: Farnsfield Lock-up, close up of window, with iron bars

Photo by: © Gill Sarre (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    Nottinghamshire Guardian newspaper, 4th July 1850, 18th July 1850, 1st August 1850, 22nd August 1850 (Accessed by subscription to the British Newspaper Archive)

  • Accessed by subscription to the British Newspaper Archive
  • Nottinghamshire Guardian, 26th February 1857, page 5 'Drunk & Disorderly' (Accessed by subscription to the British Newspaper Archive)
  • Mansfield & North Nottinghamshire Advertiser, Friday 4th August 1876, 'Violent Assault' (Accessed from Mansfield Library - microfiche newspaper archive)
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-up, Farnsfield', LEN 1370202

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1370202
  • Newark Advertiser 29th August 1962 (Southwell Library local history section photocopy of article)
  • Roy's Blog, 'NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. Lock-ups at Farnsfield, Mansfield Woodhouse and Tuxford.' (23 April 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/04/lock-ups-at-farnsfield-mansfield.html

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