Taunton Lock-up

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Overview

Alternative Names   The Nook

Nation   England

County   Somerset

Location   near the churchyard  Taunton

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Description

'Not far from the churchyard wall stood the "Nook" or Lock-up. It was a place about twelve feet square, with only one iron-grated window. The floor and walls were damp and dirty; the floor had only a little straw to cover it, was infested with rats, and filthy in the extreme, and it seemed no one's duty to clean it [.] Into this hole drunken and bleeding men and women were thrust and allowed to remain there until the following day, when Batt, the Bumble of those days, would put on his three-cornered hat and long blue coat (both of which were trimmed with gold lace), take his staff of office, and march majestically to the 'Nook' to take the poor crippled and dirty wretch before a magistrate, followed by half the boys and idle fellows of the town.'

E.F. Goldsworthy, Recollections of Taunton by an old Tauntonian (Barnicott, 1883)

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SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'SOMERSET. Lock-up at Wrington and demolished lock-up detail.' (13 July 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/07/somerset-lock-up-at-wrington.html
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 3, 81 & 83 (sketches)

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