Location Steeple Road (B1018) opposite the 'Lion', Latchingdon
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened Unknown
Year closed Unknown
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Presumed demolished.
'The situation of these cages was usually on some piece of road-side waste in a public part of the village, often near the church. Frequently attached to the cage were the stocks and the whipping-post. This was the case with that at Latchingdon, which stood on the north side of the road on a strip of waste, opposite to and a few rods to the east of a public house called the "Lion." A description of this cage would apply to most of the timber-built ones throughout Essex. It was about ten feet square, more or less, and built of wood, and, as elm is one of the most troublesome woods to cut, it was chosen for the inside lining of the floor, sides and top. The outside, top included, of a pyramidal shape, was weather-boarded. It had on the south side a double door, one opening inwards and the other outwards, both being provided with locks, and, in addition, across the outer door a chain was passed and padlocked. Near the door and high up, there was a hole about a foot square, for light and ventilation ; this was strongly barred, but would have been no protection against a saw or like implement being passed in by a confederate, a matter easily accomplished as the cage was rarely watched during the night. To the east side of this cage the stocks were attached, and on one of the posts of the stocks there was an iron hanging down, with bends in it, similar to those shewn in the illustration of Bradwell cage. [See separate listing for Bradwell-on-Sea Lock-Up]. The bends were of various sizes to fit all wrists, and the lower ones would have held a boy of fourteen. I do not remember anyone being punished by being whipped there, or at any other cage, but I believe whipping-posts were very commonly attached to cages. '
Henry Laver, ‘The Parish-Cage and Whipping-Post’, Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society, Vol.VII, (Colchester, 1900), pp.37-39.
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