Gillingham Lock-up




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Alternative Names   Gillingham Blindhouse

Nation   England

County   Dorset

Location   5 South Street (behind the Pheonix Hotel, next to the Town Band practice room)  Gillingham

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1750

Year closed   1880

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Dates of use specified on black plaque. It was originally built without windows, one added at a later date. When the Town Police Station/Courtroom was built it was no longer needed, it has had various occupants since, being used for storage and as a shop. It still has the original door, there was some work done to the stone door surround, but this was not done very well. The building is built of local stone. The blue plaque was supplied by the Local History Society who used the building as a storeroom for sometime. South Street, on which it stands, was formerly known as Back Lane, or 'The Backs'.


    Roy's Blog, 'DORSET. lock-ups at Cerne Abbas, Corfe Castle, Gillingham, Okeford Fitzpatrick, Poole, Swanage & Lyme Regis.' (26 May 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock up, Gillingham', LEN 1324574

  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 8, 41 (sketch)


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