Pwllheli Lock-up




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Nation   Wales

County   Caernarfonshire

Location   11 Stryd Moch, or south corner of Stryd Moch (Gaol Street) and Ala Uchaf  Pwllheli

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1829 [1857]

Year closed   1892

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Remarks   According to the Urban Characterisation Report for Pwllheli, the 'town gaol was built on the lower corner with Ala Uchaf [i.e. junction of Stryd Moch and Ala Uchaf] in 1829, and became the town police station in 1857 until it was sold in 1897'. Now used as a retail shop.

Description: The old gaol or lock-up in Pwllheli in August 2019. A plaque describing the building's former use can be seen between the two windows on the ground floor

Photo by: © Alison Pryce (with kind permission)

Description: The old gaol or lock-up at Pwllheli as seen from Ala Uchaf (August 2019)

Photo by: © Alison Pryce (with kind permission)

Description: Plaque on the front of the building noting its former use (with dates)

Photo by: © Alison Pryce (with kind permission)

Description: Hen garchar Pwllheli Old gaol This building was the town prison on Stryd Moch (English name Gaol Street). In this photo, taken in 2007, the building in use as a clothes shop, 'Alcatraz'.

Photo by: Photo © Alan Fryer (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Roy's Blog, 'WALES. Lock-ups at Llangollen, Narberth, Ruabon and Pwllheli.' (08 July 2013)

  • Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, 'Urban Characterisation: Pwllheli', March 2008, p. 28



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