Torquay Lock-Up

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Overview

Alternative Names   The Clink

Nation   England

County   Devon

Location   Near roundabout at junction of Abbey Street and Union Street,  Torquay

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1851

Year closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   Grade II listed but listing does not reference lock-up. Arched lock-up door at ground level below clock tower and fronting Union Street

Description

'Brooke recounts an anecdote about a "half-wit" locked in the clink who on discovering that the sewer ran beneath the building, removed the stone slabs and escaped by it, emerging at Torquay harbour "smelling evilly". The same man, on another occasion, smashed the bolts on the cell door with the bedstead provided in the cell. '

Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), p. 7

Featured Images

  • Entrances to public toilets beneath a clock tower in TorquayPhoto © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0)
  • Old Town Hall, TorquayPhoto © Derek Harper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Entrances to public toilets beneath a clock tower in Torquay

Photo by: Photo © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Old Town Hall, Torquay

Photo by: Photo © Derek Harper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Roy's Blog, 'DEVON. Lock-ups at Axminster, Dartmouth, Denbury, Ipplepen, Paignton, Sidmouth, Torquay and Totnes.' (03 May 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/05/lock-ups-at-axminster-denbury.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Town Hall', Torquay, LEN1291593

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1291593
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), p. 7

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