Kenton Old Jail House



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Nation   England

County   Devon

Location   opposite Old Milestone, South Town  Kenton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up


'Former jail-house, subsequently said to have been used as fire station. Early C19, 1980s interior alteration and reglazing. Main block red sandstone ashlar with grey limestone dressings; end stacks, the left end stack with a stone shaft. The left end block is rendered and probably brick on stone rubble footings. Plan: 2 adjoining blocks, the left hand block slightly set back, the right hand block with a central entrance. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 1:3 bay front, the right hand block symmetrical with a central C20 timber front door with a rectangular fanlight. Ground floor window right, converted from a doorway, with a segmental arch with a rusticated keystone. 2 smaller similar first floor windows and 1 ground floor window left. The left hand block has one ground floor 2-light window and, in the left return, 1 first floor and 2 ground floor windows. All windows reglazed with small pane plastic casements. Interior: Not inspected. . A lock up house was requested in 1844. In 1849 G. Timewell was appointed Superintending Constable at a salary of £25 p.a. (D.R.O.). In spite of the reglazing this is of historic interest as an unusual building type.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Old Jail House, Kenton', LEN 1097679

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    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Old Jail House, Kenton', LEN 1097679

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