Tonbridge Cage (Barden Road)



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Nation   England

County   Kent

Location   Barden Road, facing the Black Doll common lodging house (now the Tonbridge Constitutional Club)  Tonbridge

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   1864

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   This lock-up, and a second in Castle Street (, were replaced by cells in a new police station on Pembury Road in 1864 (


'They [the two old cages] are remembered by a few venerable residents as small square buildings of red brick, whose substantial oak doors were generously studded with iron nails and whose square iron gratings not only admitted light and air, but facilitated the supply of refreshments to those within. ... After the arrival of the railway the population at the south end of town increased and more lock-up accommodation was considered necessary, so a second "cage" was built. The construction of the Station bridge and the re-adjustment of the Barden Road line left a triangular strip of waste land at the north end of Barden Road, and the new lock-up was built at the apex of this triangle. It had its back to the wall which supports the Station Approach, and was almost opposite the site of the present Constitutional Club.'

Arthur H. Neve, The Tonbridge of Yesterday (Tonbridge Free Press, 1933), p. 273

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    Frank Chapman, Tales of Old Tonbridge (Froglets Publications Ltd, 1995), p. 85
  • Arthur H. Neve, The Tonbridge of Yesterday (Tonbridge Free Press, 1933)



Archive name: Kent History & Library Centre

Catalogue ref: Q/GB/20

Collection: Kent Quarter Sessions

Description: Prison documents (West Kent). Letter about repair of Tonbridge Cage.

Dates: 1837-1838


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