St Osyth Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   St Osyth Cage

Nation   England

County   Essex

Location   Ground floor of 14 Colchester Road (adjacent to the King's Arms),  St Osyth

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Before 1582

Year closed   1908

Century of Operation   1500-1599, 1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   'The Cage. Medieval Prison. St Osyth Resident Ursula Kemp was imprisoned here before being hanged as a witch in 1582. It was last used in 1908.' (Plaque on building). Now a private house. Reputedly haunted. A film about the haunted cage is available here:

Description: Exterior, showing door to the cage

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Description: Plaque, on the wall of the old cage

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    Roy's Blog, 'ESSEX. Lock-ups at Roydon, St Osyth, Steeple Bumpstead, Thaxted and Tollesbury.' (26 June 2013)



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