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Heytesbury Lock-up

Overview

Location   High Street  Heytesbury

County   Wiltshire

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Remarks   Leslie Brooke explains that the lock-up, situated on a busy main road (A36) was damaged when a lorry crashed into it, but was subsequently skilfully restored, and tiny flower beds placed on either side. Air admitted through an iron grille above the door.

ExteriorPhoto © Maigheach-gheal (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Further information can be found at
https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/heytesbury-lock-up/

Description

  • 'Blind house; village lock-up. Probably C18. Limestone ashlar, stone slate pointed roof. Octagonal. Plain square-head doorcase with planked studded door, over is small square light with iron bars. Roof has ball finial at apex. Interior has simple fitted wooden bench against rear wall, ceiling is ashlar dome. Scheduled Ancient Monument, Wiltshire No 254.'
    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House, Heytesbury' LEN 1364382

Sources

  • Roy's Blog, 'WILTSHIRE. Lock-ups at Heytesbury, Hilperton and Lacock.' (22 March 2013)
    http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/03/lock-ups-at-heytesbury-hilperton-and.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Blind House, Heytesbury' LEN 1364382
    https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1364382
  • Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), pp. 18, 123 (sketch)