Sandbach Old Police Lock-up




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Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Old Town Hall, near the Old Black Bear Hotel and the Ancient Crosses, Market Square,  Sandbach

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   The old police lock-up in Sandbach was located in the lower part of the Old Town Hall, which stood near the Old Black Bear Hotel and the Ancient Crosses in Market Square. Date of first and last use unknown. From 1760 there was a police station in Market Square which may have had cells or made use of the cells in the Old Town Hall accessing them via a tunnel. The Old Town Hall has since been demolished. A new police station, including a house and cells, was built around 1850/60 in Bold Street (also since demolished).

Description: Engraving by W. Alexander, F.S.A., dated 1810, showing the Old Town Hall to the left and behind the Ancient Crosses. The figure of a man can be seen in a doorway on the ground floor of the Town Hall. This was the entrance to the lock-up.

Photo by: Originally published in Mr Cyril Massey's History of Sandbach & District, 1958 (reproduced with permission)


    Cyril Massey, History of Sandbach & District (1958)
  • 'Sandbach History' (November, 2019)



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