Alternative Names Blind House
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
'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.'
Description: Photograph of Owen Carter's 1850 watercolour of Market Lavington Market Place
Archive name: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Catalogue ref: A1/592/6
Description: Market Lavington - draft lease of cottage and Lock-up with associated papers