Nether Stowey Lock-up




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Alternative Names   The Old Gaol

Nation   England

County   Somerset

Location   next to Bell Tower, Castle Street  Nether Stowey

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Now used as a shelter and village information point.


'Leslie Brooke provides several anecdotes about the historic use of the lock-up. The first story, dating from c.1870, is of a foreigner travelling with a bear, and unable to find accommodation in the village was shut up in the lock-up with the animal. He emerged unscathed the next morning, to the surprise of the villagers who had gathered to witness his emergence. In 1929 a villager recounted that, when a boy, he witnessed a woman supplying beer to her husband using a clay pipe fed through the keyhole. Her husband had been locked up the previous night for being drunk and disorderly.'

Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 13-14, 75 (sketch)

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  • ExteriorPhoto © Neil Owen (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Exterior, showing lock-up beside bell towerPhoto © Peter Turner (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Exterior

Photo by: Photo © Neil Owen (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Exterior, showing lock-up beside bell tower

Photo by: Photo © Peter Turner (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Roy's Blog, 'SOMERSET. Lock-ups at Hinton St George, Nether Stowey and Coleford.' (13 July 2013)

  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 13-14, 75 (sketch)


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