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Baldock Cage

Overview

Location   Middle Row,  Baldock

County   Hertfordshire

Year Opened   1787

Year Closed   1847

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

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Descriptions

  • 'The petty constables of Baldock presented that they have no stocks or prison'
    Hertfordshire County Records. Calendar to the Sessions Books...1700-1752. Vol.VII. William Le Hardy ed. Hertford: Elton Longmore, 1931, p.315.

  • '... anyone caught committing an offence in the small market town of Baldock could expect to be interned in the town cage. Located on a piece of land named Middle Row, the cage had been built by the local church wardens in 1787 and measured 8ft 9ins by 9ft. It was rendered redundant in 1847 and sold for £10.'
    A. C. Wiseman., ‘The History of Police Stations in Hertfordshire’. Stroud: The History Press, 2017, p.269.

  • 'Rural Police. Returns...[of] the Number of Station Houses and Strong Rooms, and the Expense of Building, Furnishing, and Repairing and Maintaining the same...Baldock cage. Expense of fitting up, nil. Annual rent, nil.'
    British Parliamentary Papers 1842, 'Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons: Twenty Volumes. (7.) Crime. Police. Vol. XXXII. Rural Police', p.9.

Sources

  • Hertfordshire County Records. Calendar to the Sessions Books...1700-1752. Vol.VII. William Le Hardy ed. Hertford: Elton Longmore, 1931.
  • A. C. Wiseman., ‘The History of Police Stations in Hertfordshire’. Stroud: The History Press, 2017.
  • British Parliamentary Papers 1842, 'Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons: Twenty Volumes. (7.) Crime. Police. Vol. XXXII. Rural Police'.
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