Stow on the Wold Court House and Lock-up




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Nation   England

County   Gloucestershire

Location   No 1 The Square, at the corner of Church Street and the Square  Stow on the Wold

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Building Type   Courthouse

Remarks   Lock-up located in a demolished courthouse. Building was demolished in 1899.


'The Reverend David Royce, Vicar of Lower Swell, gave a description of the building in his book The History and Antiquities of Stow, published in 1861. - The outside was decorated by pargetting. On the eastern front to the square, over the penthouse, there was a cusped diaper pattern, and on the south gable an ingenious design of two interlacing chevrons within a circle, surrounded by the petals of a Tudor rose. The oldest architectural feature was a buttress between the door and the window under the penthouse with its sloping weathering. It was probably 13th - 14th century. The upper part was probably 15th to 16th century. The lower, underground, room had a spacious fireplace in the West wall. The older names for the building were the Church House or Town House. It was used for Church business and for festivities on Guild or Church high days and holidays. The Court Room was used for the ancient Courts of the Manor: The Court Baron, the Court Leet and the View of Friends pledge. The lock up was entered from the pavement through the small doorway on the right as you face the building. '

Rev David Royce, The History and Antiquities of Stow (1861)

Featured Images

  • The Old Courthouse, far left, c.1885. At this time being used as a butcher's shopIn Stow on the Wold - Glimpses of the Past (Stow on the Wold and District Civic Society, 2000), p. 105 (with kind permission of the Stow on the Wold & District Civic Society)


    Stow on the Wold, Glimpses of the Past (Stow on the Wold and District Civic Society, 2000)
  • David Viner, Northleach to Stow on the Wold in old photographs (Gloucester, Alan Sutton, 1987)


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