Harpenden Lock-Up



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Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Eastern side of St Nicholas' churchyard, Church Green,  Harpenden

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799

Building Type   Lock-Up


'in 1819 the authorities in Harpenden proposed building a ‘cage’ to house a treadmill on which the poor could be employed: these were new inventions used in prisons. However, it seems that in suggesting that the poor might be so employed Harpenden were stepping outside the law. It was eventually agreed at a Vestry meeting at The Bull in 1826 “to erect a building 34 feet high, 12 feet wide in the clear” - but there is no sign from early drawings or photos of such a tall building. As far as we can tell, the 'lock-up' was at the southern end of the row of Church Houses for elderly widows, dated 1774, on the east side of the churchyard. '

Rosemary Ross, 'From the Stocks to the House of Correction', (Harpenden History website)

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    Rosemary Ross, 'From the Stocks to the House of Correction', (Harpenden History website, 24 February 2011)

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