Over [Lock up]

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Under the Market Cross, Delamere Street (now next to St John's Primary School),  Over

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1832

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Cell constructed under the Market Cross. A borough court was convened a short distance away at the George & Dragon public house. Evidence suggests that the lock-up under the Cross was used to hold those the Court wished to send for trial at Chester or Oakmere. The lock-up was built around the 1830s or 1840s. An earlier lock-up might have existed on the same site, or the George & Dragon cellars might have been used for prisoners.

Descriptions

'a damp, miserable hole, under Market Cross'

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendix (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIV.1), p. 130

'the prison cell was constructed after the great reform bill of 1832 when it became illegal to use the pillory, and so the prison cell was constructed under the Market Cross (sic).'

'Winsford 2000' published by the Winsford Local History Society

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  • The Market Cross at Over, as seen from the road. © Rob Keep (with kind permission)
  • Exterior of the Market Cross, showing the door to the lock-up underneath the cross.© Rob Keep (with kind permission)
  • Information plaque, at The George & Dragon, close to the Market Cross.© Rob Keep (with kind permission)
  • Market Cross, showing the side of the structure.© Rob Keep (with kind permission)

Description: The Market Cross at Over, as seen from the road.

Photo by: © Rob Keep (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior of the Market Cross, showing the door to the lock-up underneath the cross.

Photo by: © Rob Keep (with kind permission)

Description: Information plaque, at The George & Dragon, close to the Market Cross.

Photo by: © Rob Keep (with kind permission)

Description: Market Cross, showing the side of the structure.

Photo by: © Rob Keep (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    Royal Commission of Inquiry into Municipal Corporations of England and Wales, First Report, Appendix (Parl. Papers, 1835, XXIV.1), p. 130
  • 'Winsford 2000' published by the Winsford Local History Society

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