Hertford Cage (Market Place)



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Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   east of the Market Place,  Hertford

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   1773

Century of Operation   1700-1799

Building Type   Lock-Up


'Besides the gaol, Hertford possessed a "cage", where people were detained for offences corresponding to those for which a night in the cells would not be prescribed. Nearby were the whipping post and the pillory. Andrews' and Wren's map of the Borough in 1766 shows all three situated to the immediate east of the Market Place, approximately on the site till recently occupied by the Bon Marche. About 1773, all were removed to the Wash.'

F. M. Page, History of Hertford. Hertford, 1993. p.112

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    F. M. Page, History of Hertford. Hertford, 1993.


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