Market Lavington Lock-up

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Overview

Alternative Names   Blind House

Nation   England

County   Wiltshire

Location   near the Co-operative Stores in the High Street and the Market Place,  Market Lavington

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Descriptions

'a drawing [now lost] of the Market Place showed stocks and a blind house (lock-up) beside the Co-op building. '

Notes by Sue Frost, Honorary Curator of Market Lavington Museum, from a talk by the late Peggy Gye, 1983

'The market-place continues to maintain its former dimensions, and constitutes the favourite resort of the juvenile portion of the population. The stocks, once a terror and punishment to evildoers, have lost their dread, and the clanking iron has become a musical instrument in their estimation. Near this is the Engine-house, a wooden erection, with a cupulo for a bell whose tongue is happily seldom inclined to speak, the services of the engine is seldom required; fire, as an element of alarm, being of very rare occurrence. '

Rev. H. Atley, A Topographical Account of Market Lavington, Wilts, its Past and Present Condition. Salisbury: printed by Frederick A. Blake, 1860

'Page 13 of the book "Village under the Plain" [by Brian McGill] has a watercolour [of the Market Place] by Owen Carter from 1850...The main building is now the Co-op, but the right-hand end, since demolished, was once a market house. Behind the stocks is a building with the suggestion in the caption that it could have been a former lock-up before it housed the horse-drawn fire engine. It is presumably the building with the cupulo referred to by Rev Atley [above]. The door facing the stocks had a small grill in it but the whole building looks larger than many lock-ups [The Owen Carter watercolour is shown below]'

Notes by Sue Frost, on 'Village under the Plain' by Brian McGill and A Topographical Account of Market Lavington by Rev. H. Atley

'Minutes of Quarter Sessions, Michaelmas, 1884: Agreed to accept the offer of Pleydell Bouverie (Lord of the Manor) to provide a lockup at Market Lavington an annual cost of £2. Quarter Sessions, Hilary, 1885: Instead of yearly tenancy, County to take a lease of such lockup and dwelling house for 21 years at rent involving net cost of £4 a year.'

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  • Photograph of Owen Carter's 1850 watercolour of Market Lavington Market Place© and courtesy of Market Lavington Museum

Description: Photograph of Owen Carter's 1850 watercolour of Market Lavington Market Place

Photo by: © and courtesy of Market Lavington Museum

SOURCES

    Notes by Sue Frost, Honorary Curator of Market Lavington Museum, from a talk by the late Peggy Gye, 1983
  • Rev. H. Atley, A Topographical Account of Market Lavington, Wilts, its Past and Present Condition. Salisbury: printed by Frederick A. Blake, 1860

  • https://www.gutenberg.org/files/58146/58146-h/58146-h.htm
  • Notes by Sue Frost, on 'Village under the Plain' by Brian McGill and A Topographical Account of Market Lavington by Rev. H. Atley
  • Brian McGill, 'Village under the Plain'. Warminster: Bedeguar Books, 1995

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Catalogue ref: A1/592/6

Collection:

Description: Market Lavington - draft lease of cottage and Lock-up with associated papers

Dates: 1885


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