Great Bardfield Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   Cage

Nation   England

County   Essex

Location   Bridge Street (B1057), adjacent to Cottage Museum,  Great Bardfield

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1816

Year closed   c.1925

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Grade II listed. Free entry to public on selected days.


'Lock-up. Early C19. Red brick in Flemish bond, with some blue headers, and flint rubble. Gables weatherboarded. Roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Rectangular plan. 2 cells. E elevation, one window with external wooden shutter, heavy oak door with iron studs picking out the date 1816, a small barred window, and long hasped hinges. Inside this is a second door pierced with 10 holes, not coinciding with the window of the outer door, and bolts. On the S side there is a simple wooden door to the other cell. Roof rebuilt. Built 1816 in the context of the Six Acts, reported to have been last used in 1925.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Great Bardfield Cage', LEN1123505

Featured Images

  • Great Bardfield cagePhoto © Bikeboy (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Roy's Blog, 'ESSEX. Lock-ups at Great Bardfield, Great Dunmow, Orsett and Rayne.' (26 June 2013)

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Great Bardfield Cage', LEN1123505



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