Wath Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   Constable's Lock-Up, The Old Lock-Up, Wath Gaol

Nation   England

County   Yorkshire

Location   27 Thornhill Place,  Wath Upon Dearne

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1800

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Two-storey lock-up. Cells on the ground floor, with accommodation for a constable on the first floor. Now a private dwelling. Grade II listed. Stone construction. Originally comprised two small, windowless, stone cells whose separate padlocked doors lay immediately behind the nail-studded main door. A stone staircase at the rear gave access to the constable's simple room above the cells.


'Lock-up. Early C19. Coursed, rock-faced sandstone; stone slate roof. Small, 2-storey building in rugged style. Plinth; deeply-coursed ground-floor walling. Gable front: studded oak door in porch with monolithic jambs and pediment-shaped monolithic slab roof. Window above (now bricked-up) has rock-faced sill and lintel. Heavy rock-faced kneelers and gable copings. End stack to left. Damaged roof. Rear: stair projection with separate doorway and slab roof. Interior: 2 cells with ashlared walls pierced by small light holes. Stone toilet to each cell. Constable's room on 1st floor has fireplace.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Parish Lock Up, Rotherham', LEN 1314579

Featured Images

  • Exterior of Wath Lock-up, now a private residence (c.2011)© Alex Fleming (with kind permission)
  • Wath Lock-up in c.1910From Martin Keble's History of Wath Upon Dearne (1920), p. 20, © Alex Fleming (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior of Wath Lock-up, now a private residence (c.2011)

Photo by: © Alex Fleming (with kind permission)


    Alex Fleming & Stephen Hird, Wath Upon Dearne As It Was (Hendon Publishing, 1982)
  • Rev Martin Keble, A History of the Ancient Parish of Wath-upon-Dearne (W.E. Farthing, 1920)
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Old Parish Lock Up, Rotherham', LEN 1314579

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1314579
  • Roy's Blog, 'YORKSHIRE. Lock-ups at Holme on Spalding Moor, Wath on Dearne, Rotherham and Wakefield.' (28 March 2013)

  • http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/03/lock-ups-at-holme-on-spalding-moor-wath.html


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