Kilmersdon Blindhouse

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Somerset

Location   Kilmersdon Hill (opposite Joliffe Arms)  Kilmersdon

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1835

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Previously situated beside churchyard wall (see: https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/kilmersdon-guardhouse/). In 1835, the lock-up was moved and rebuilt on this site. Restored in 1982. Now a bus shelter. Leslie Brooke, in his book on West Country lock-ups, wonders whether the new site, opposite the Joliffe Arms, which was rebuilt at the same time, was chosen for its convenience - 'for those who over-imbided at the inn'!

Description

'Lock-up, now bus shelter. C17. Coursed and squared rubble, pyramidal stone-tiled roof with ball finial at apex. Square on plan. Door opening to roadside with segmental-pointed arch head, wrought-iron gate; (studded plank door missing at time of resurvey, May 1985).'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House, Kilmersdon', LEN 1345102 (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1345102)

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  • ExteriorPhoto © Neil Owen (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'SOMERSET. Lock-ups at Kilmersdon, Kingsbury Episcopi and Mells.' (13 July 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/07/somerset-lock-ups-at-kilmersdon.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House, Kilmersdon', LEN 1345102

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1345102
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 12, 63 (sketch)

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