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Exmouth Lock-up

Overview

Location   Junction of Rolle and Market Streets  Exmouth

County   Devon

Year Opened   unknown

Year Closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Remarks   Demolished.

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Description

  • 'Leslie Brooke re-tells the story of Isaac Rake, responsible for law and order in Exmouth during the 1840s, who 'finding a Frenchman drunk in charge of a dancing bear, he locked both of them in the diminutive clink standing close to the junction of Rolle and Market Streets. Making a class late at night to ensure the security of his prisoners, Isaac was fondly embraced by the bear, while its owner remained in a drunken sleep, and only be rousing the neighbourhood with his shouts was his release secured. Isaac at once escorted man and bear out of the town and warned them not to return!' '
    Leslie Brooke, Some West-Country Lock-Ups (Castle Cary, Fox Publications, 1985), p. 7

Sources

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