The Old Dungeon, Wilmslow



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Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Dungeon Walk (located behind the Old Post Office on Hawthorn Lane, subsequently site of Wilmslow Gas Works - marked on OS 1:2500 Pub 1909),  Wilmslow

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1809

Year closed   1870

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   In his book, Wilmslow, Past and Present' (1901), Andrew Pearson describes The Old Dungeon in Wilmslow, built in 1809, consisting of 2 cells, "only fit for newts, toads and other vermin". A recent conservation area appraisal undertaken by the borough council states that the gaol was built in 1846. Pearson says the Dungeon was taken down in about 1870. It was located on Dungeon Walk, behind Hawthorn Lane, between Hawthorn Grove and Church Street. The site (marked on OS 1:2500 Pub 1909) was subsequently occupied by Wilmslow Gas Works, and later Burton House.


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    Andrew Pearson, Wilmslow Past & Present (Stockport: Swain & Co Ltd, 1901; re-published by Manchester: E J Morton 1972 ISBN 0 901598 60 7), pp. 56-58
  • Macclesfield Borough Council, 'Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow - Conservation Area Appraisal' (November 2008), pp. 8-9.

  • 'Wilmslow - Hawthorn Lane', The Wilmslow Website (accessed 1 Nov 2019)



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