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).
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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.