Shrewton Lock-up

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Overview

Alternative Names   Shrewton Blind House

Nation   England

County   Wiltshire

Location   Maddington Street  Shrewton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1700

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   In his gazetteer of West Country lock-ups, Leslie Brooke explains that Shrewton lock-up was moved from its original position, because of the danger it posed to users of a busy road (A344). However, the new site selected was very close to its former position, and the lock-up was rebuilt true to its original form except for a slight alteration to the pitch of the roof. Beside the lock-up is a milestone.

Descriptions

'SHREWTON MADDINGTON STREET SU 04 SE (south side) 3/249 Blind house on bridge 18/2/58 (formerly listed as lock-up 30 yards west of The Catherine Wheel). GV II Blind house or lock up. Circa 1700. Dressed limestone walls and roof. Round plan. Single storey, one narrow planked and studded door, two loop-holes, one on either side to rear, plat band at eaves level, domed stone roof with ball finial. Not in original position; moved and reconstructed after 1945. Scheduled Ancient Monuments; Wiltshire, No 253.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House on Bridge, Lock Up 30 yards west of the Catherine Wheel', LEN 1024000

'comparing "before" and "after" photographs the rebuilding is shown to have faithfully reproduced its original form but with a slight alteration to the pitch of the roof. The inside diameter is seven feet, and originally it possessed an old wooden bench set against the wall and the normal iron-sheeted and studded door, with two narrow slit windows on opposite sides.'

Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 19

'A lock-up or blindhouse of c. 1700 standing between the turnpike road and the river at the south end of High Street was moved a few metres south in 1974. (fn. 33)'

A P Baggs, Jane Freeman and Janet H Stevenson, 'Parishes: Shrewton', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15, Amesbury Hundred, Branch and Dole Hundred, ed. D A Crowley (London, 1995), pp. 242-252. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol15/pp242-252 [accessed 30 October 2019].

Featured Images

  • ExteriorPhoto © Brian Robert Marshall (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Postcard, Blind House and village street beyond, Shrewton, Wiltshire, 1904Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, MODES Database P2795 (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior

Photo by: Photo © Brian Robert Marshall (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Postcard, Blind House and village street beyond, Shrewton, Wiltshire, 1904

Photo by: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, MODES Database P2795 (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'WILTSHIRE. Lock-ups at Luckington, Maiden Bradley and Shrewton.' (22 March 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/03/lock-ups-at-luckington-maiden-bradley.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House on Bridge, Lock Up 30 yards west of the Catherine Wheel', LEN 1024000

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1024000
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 19, 139 (sketch).
  • A P Baggs, Jane Freeman and Janet H Stevenson, 'Parishes: Shrewton', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15, Amesbury Hundred, Branch and Dole Hundred, ed. D A Crowley (London, 1995), pp. 242-252. British History Online [accessed 30 October 2019].

  • http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol15/pp242-252

ARCHIVES

Archive name: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

Catalogue ref: P2795

Collection: MODES Database

Description: SWHC has several early postcards / images of Shrewton Lockup. This one in MODES Database. Postcard, Blind House and village street beyond, Shrewton, Wiltshire

Dates: 1904


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