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Ripon House of Correction

  By Leah Mellors, Curator, Ripon Museum Trust Ripon Prison & Police Museum tells the story of the police and prisons services in Yorkshire and the Humber since the early 1800s. The museum is housed in a complex of buildings…

Chippenham’s Medieval Hall

By Melissa Barnett, curator, Yelde Hall The Yelde Hall, a rare surviving example of a medieval civic or town hall, is Chippenham’s most iconic building. One of very few remaining timber framed buildings, it is also one of the town’s…

Berkhamsted Lock-Up

by Elaine Saunders @earlypolicing The establishment of Berkhamsted’s house of correction in the mid eighteenth century marked the beginning of over 200 years of imprisonment and policing on the same site. Houses of correction, or bridewells, were established nationwide in…

Lock-ups in Cranbrook

By Rod Dann, Curator, Cranbrook Museum The first pictorial indication of penal correction can clearly be seen in the drawing of Cranbrook’s first market building where the stocks are evident. The first lock-up called the ‘cage’ possibly dates from 1717…

Steelhouse Lane Lock-up

by Corinne Brazier, archivist at the West Midlands Police Museum.   Birmingham campaigned for over 30 years to become an assize town and hold an assize court – this was finally granted in 1886 when planning commenced for the Victoria…