Gnosall Lock-up




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Nation   England

County   Staffordshire

Location   Sellman Street (formerly Station Road), at junction with Stafford Road (A518)  Gnosall

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1832

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Original position on the corner of Station Road and new Brookhouse Road. Relocated to the end of Sellman Street in 1971-72. Before relocation, suffered damage when a lorry crashed into it.


'MATERIALS: the building is constructed from rock-faced sandstone with a sandstone flagged roof. PLAN: it is square on plan. EXTERIOR: the lock-up is comprised of five, large, rusticated ashlar courses with an eaves band and a pyramidal roof surmounted by a ball finial. On the south elevation there is a triangular pedimented doorway with a rusticated surround containing an early-C21, nail studded, oak door; the door contains some timbers from the original C19 door. The north, west and east elevations are blind. HISTORY: By the late 1820s, as a result of rising unemployment and low wages, Gnosall was plagued by unrest and poaching. At a meeting of the parish Select Vestry on 10 June 1830, with the threat of the Swing Riots, a widespread uprising by agricultural workers in southern England, spreading northwards, it was decided to build a lock-up. James Trubshaw (1777-1853) was appointed as architect and builder and, although work commenced later in the same year, the lock-up was only completed in 1832 after the Select Vestry agreed to pay Mr Trubshaw an extra ten pounds to finish the job. With the ending of the unrest, the lock-up, which was situated at the junction of High Street, Brookhouse Road and Stafford Street, was little used and by the 1950s it had become a hen house. In 1964 Staffordshire County Council drew up plans to widen the road junction and move the lock-up to the County Museum at Shugborough. Its removal from the village was strongly opposed to by the Gnosall Women’s Institute who, as their project to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in 1965, set about raising funds to purchase a piece of land on which it could be to re-sited. Although the Institute initially struggled to raise sufficient funds, their plans came to fruition after a piece of land on the south-east side of Sellman Street was gifted to them by a member’s husband. Despite the lock-up being partially damaged before it could be moved, after a lorry ran into it, work on its re-erection began in 1971 and was completed the following year. '

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Gnosall Village Lock Up', LEN 1259930

Featured Images

  • ExteriorPhoto © Richard Law (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Damage to the lock-up when on Station Road before its relocation in the early 1970s.© C Peter Jobling (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior

Photo by: Photo © Richard Law (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Damage to the lock-up when on Station Road before its relocation in the early 1970s.

Photo by: © C Peter Jobling (with kind permission)


    Roy's Blog, 'STAFFORDSHIRE. Lock-ups at Alton, Gnosall, Penkridge and Stafford.' (24 April 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Gnosall Village Lock Up', LEN 1259930



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