Kilmersdon Blindhouse




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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: 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'!


'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 (

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


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

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House, Kilmersdon', LEN 1345102

  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 12, 63 (sketch)


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