Hampstead Lock-Up (Cannon Lane)




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Nation   England

County   Middlesex

Location   In garden wall at 11 Cannon Lane,  Hampstead (London Borough of Camden)

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1730

Year closed   1832

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Grade II listed. Purpose built to serve adjacent magistrates' court. Superceded by the police watch house in Holly Walk, Hampstead (see separate listing)


'Parish lock-up, now forming the entrance passage to a later house. c1730, built into garden wall of No.14, Cannon Place (qv). Brown brick wall with plinth base and circular tie plates. Single storey 2 windows. Segmental arched doorway with brick dentil cornice and original ledged and braced door with wrought-iron hinges. Doorway flanked on either side by small, heavily barred, lunettes. INTERIOR: vaulted brick single cell. HISTORICAL NOTE: prisoners were held here prior to appearing before magistrates at No.14 Cannon Place. The lock-up was in use until 1832 and is one of the few left in London. '

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Parish Lock Up', Hampstead, LEN1272513

'About 1730, this lock-up was built into the garden wall of Cannon Hall, where local magistrates held court. Prisoners were kept in this dark single cell until more lasting arrangements could be made for them. Soon after the formation of the police force in 1829, business was transferred to the Watch House in Holly Walk. This lock-up is one of the very few left in London and is a D.O.E Listed Building of Historic Interest'

Chris Gunns, photograph of plaque, 'Parish lock up'

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  • Parish lock upPhoto © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Lock up in Cannon LanePhoto © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Parish lock up

Photo by: Photo © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Lock up in Cannon Lane

Photo by: Photo © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Roy's Blog, 'GREATER LONDON. Lock-ups at Cranford, Hampstead, Stoke Newington and Biggin Hill.' (29 June 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/06/
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Parish Lock Up', Hampstead, LEN1272513

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1272513
  • Chris Gunns, photograph of plaque, 'Parish lock up'

  • https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1122290


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