The Cage, Shenley

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   London Road, by the pond,  Shenley

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 its datestone, repaired in 1810, and restored in 1893 and the 1990s

Descriptions

''Lock-up. C18, repaired 1810, restored 1893. Cement rendered brick. Circular with domical top. Pointed head to timber door of 4 planks with strap hinges. Flanking small openings with iron bars in deep reveals. Above openings 2 stone tablets inscribed with date 1810 and 'DO WELL. AND FEAR NOT.'/'BE SOBER. BE VIGILANT'. Additional small opening at rear. Plinth. Band at cornice level. Ball finial on top.''

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Cage on the Pond, Shenley, LEN 1175473' (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1175473)

'Apart from imprisoning drunkards, the Cage was also used for defendants who were waiting to appear at magistrates courts in Barnet or St Albans. The dome-shaped building could accommodate up to three people, but the cold, dark and damp atmosphere was probably as numbing as solitary confinement.'

Borehamwood & Elstree Times (Suruchi Sharma), 'Lock, Stock'

'Shenley's Cage, which is thought to date from the early 1700s, was used mainly overnight for locking-up drunks until they had sobered up, or lawbreakers until they appeared at Barnet or St Albans magistrates courts...Bob Dearden, secretary of Shenley Village Society, said the Cage would have been cold and damp at times, adding: "It is next to water and has never been heated. '

Borehamwood & Elstree Times, 'A Night in the Cage Used to be a Fit Punishment for Drunkards'

Featured Images

  • ExteriorPhoto © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Barred aperture with stone inscription, 'Be Sober, Be Vigilant'Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • View from the outsidePhoto © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Barred aperture with stone inscription, Cage on the Pond, ShenleyPhoto © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Exterior

Photo by: Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Barred aperture with stone inscription, 'Be Sober, Be Vigilant'

Photo by: Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: View from the outside

Photo by: Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Barred aperture with stone inscription, Cage on the Pond, Shenley

Photo by: Photo © Julian Osley (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'Hertfordshire. Lock-ups at Anstey, Ashwell, Barley, Buntingford and Shenley' (26 June 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/06/lock-ups-at-anstey-ashwell-barley.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Cage on the Pond, Shenley, LEN 1175473'

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1175473
  • Borehamwood & Elstree Times (Suruchi Sharma), 'Lock, Stock', 7 December 2007

  • https://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/1888604.lock-stock/
  • Borehamwood & Elstree Times, 'A Night in the Cage Used to be a Fit Punishment for Drunkards', 3 April 2002

  • https://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/171211.a-night-in-the-cage-used-to-be-a-fit-punishment-for-drunkards/

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