Farnworth Bridewell

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Behind St Luke's Church in Marsh Hall Pad (alternatively, 50 Marsh Hall Road),  Farnworth

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1580

Year closed   1866

Century of Operation   1500-1599, 1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Grade II listed. 'Bridewell 1827' etched into stone at top left of door.

Descriptions

'Former Bridewell now used for storage, 1827 - over door, Red sandstone with slate roof. Plain rectangular lock up in south east corner of the Churchyard. '

Warrington Guardian, 'Bridewell Revisited'

'Restoration was carried out in 1580 when a hand-made brick cell was built, with a barrel vaulted ceiling. A second cell was constructed in 1827. Criminals and drunks were locked up overnight in the Bridewell until 1866 when the first Widnes courthouse and police station were built. After this, it was used by a funeral director to store his hearse - a horse and cart.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Bridewell adjacent to St Luke's Church, Pit Lane', Farnworth, Widnes, LEN1330353

Featured Images

  • Farnworth BridewellPhoto © Peter I. Vardy (Public Domain)

SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'CHESHIRE. Lock-ups at Farndon, Farnworth and Kelsall.' (08 April 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/04/lock-ups-at-farndon-farnworth-and.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Bridewell adjacent to St Luke's Church, Pit Lane', Farnworth, Widnes, LEN1330353

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1330353
  • Warrington Guardian, 'Bridewell Revisited'

  • https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/5314388.bridewell-revisited/

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