Snaith Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   Penny Cells

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   Butter Market, Snoth (alongside the church wall)  Great Snaith

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   According to Roy's Blog, the lock-up was 'known locally as "Penny Cells" due to the fact that incumbents had to pay 1d to the Constable following their pleasure at being incarcerated therein.'


'Former lock-up. Late C18 - early C19, with later alterations to roof of left cell. Built by the Vestry Board for the use of the Manor Constables. Brown brick with sandstone ashlar dressings. Pantile roof. Plan: 2 rooms, each with entrance to street. Single storey, 2 windows. Doorways with ashlar jambs and lintels and original heavy studded oak board doors, flanked by small single windows with ashlar surrounds and 6 vertical iron bars with single cross-bar. Swept roof to cell on right; later single-pitch roof to cell on left (collapsed at time of resurvey). Interior: cell to right retains original sandstone ceiling. Former boilerhouse adjoining to rear, and fire-station addition adjoining to right, are not of special interest. An unusual and important survival, empty and partly derelict at time of resurvey.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-Up, Snaith and Cowick', LEN 1161768

Featured Images

  • ExteriorPhoto © Alan Murray-Rust (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Exterior, showing proximity to churchPhoto © Gordon Kneale Brooke (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Exterior

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

Description: Exterior, showing proximity to church

Photo by: Photo © Gordon Kneale Brooke (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    East Riding listed buildings

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Lock-Up, Snaith and Cowick', LEN 1161768

  • Roy's Blog, 'YORKSHIRE. Lock-ups at Rastrick, Slaithwaite, Snaith and Thorp Arch.' (28 March 2013)



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