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Morpeth (Clock Tower) Lock-Up

Overview

Location   Oldgate,  Morpeth

County   Northumberland

Year Opened   Unknown

Year Closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1600-1699

Remarks   Grade II* listed. Built early 17th century but lock-up use may have begun later.

Clock Tower, MorpethPhoto © Maigheach-gheal (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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

Description

  • 'Belfry and clock tower; ground floor formerly used as lock-up. Probably early C17 re-using earlier masonry. Top floor added 1705. Squared stone. 3 storeys, 70 ft. high by 25 ft.square. East side has 2-leaf boarded door in Tudor-arched surround. 1st floor string. 1st floor has round-arched recess and above that an inscription recording repairs in 1760. Clock on second floor. On 3rd floor, round-headed louvred bell openings in roll-moulded surrounds with moulded impost blocks and keystones. Cornice and parapet with moulded coping. Small stone figures in Cl8 dress stand on the corners. West side has outside stone steps to 1st floor and the small cusped head of a C14 window.'
    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Clock Tower', Morpeth, LEN1156135

Sources

  • Roy's Blog, 'DURHAM & NORTHUMBERLAND. Lock-ups at Barnard Castle, Staindrop, Morpeth & Stamfordham.' (29 March 2013)
    http://roys-roy.blogspot.com/2013/03/lock-ups-at-barnard-castle-morpeth.html
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Clock Tower', Morpeth, LEN1156135
    https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1156135