Swaffham Prior Pound, Lock Up and Fire Engine House




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Nation   England

County   Cambridgeshire

Location   Cage Hill  Swaffham Prior

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1830

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock Up

Remarks   Unclear whether this building served all three functions at the same time, or was converted from lock up into fire engine house.


'Pound, lock-up and fire engine house, c1830. Lock-up and fire engine house in single storey gault brick building with a gabled, slate roof and end parapets on kneelers. The parapet to the front, above the lock-up, is surmounted by three crosses of stone. The gable end to the front has two oval shaped windows with grilles, one to each cell, above the lock-up doorway. The door is original and has its iron fittings complete. The other gable end also has similar oval shaped windows but the entry to the engine house is in the side wall. The door is original but has fewer iron fittings. The lock-up and fire engine house are enclosed by the pound wall of brick and clunch with a gate on the street side. Inside there are two cells each barrel vaulted.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Pound, Lock Up and Fire Engine House, LEN 1127069'

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  • ExteriorRosalind Crone, private collection
  • Information boardRosalind Crone, private collection


    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Pound, Lock Up and Fire Engine House, LEN 1127069'

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1127069
  • Roy's Blog, 'Cambridgeshire. Lock-ups at Needingworth, Orwell, Parson Drove, Sawtry and Swaffham Prior' (26 June 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/06/lock-ups-at-needingworth-parson-drove.html


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