Alternative Names The Old Gaol
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)