Monday, 8 April 2013

CHESHIRE. Lock-ups at Lyme Handley and Stockport..

Two further lock-ups in Cheshire fall into the 'small town' category.

The first one at Lyme Handley,  known as The Cage, is situated on Cage Hill in Lyme Park, SK12 2NU and was loriginally a hunting lodge cum gatehouse. At some stage it became the park keeper's residence and lock-up. The entrance to the lock-up is at the base of the tower.



 OS Grid Reference: SJ9663683070
OS Grid Coordinates: 396636, 383070
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3445, -2.0520

Photo's by woodtyke
with expressed permission
I am grateful to woodtyke for allowing me to copy his Flickr photographs.
The building was Grade 11* listed 14..4.1967 (No.407227) and described as :

 Formerly hunting tower cum gatehouse, later park keeper's house and
prisoners' lock-up: Origins c.1580, taken down 1734 by George Platt,
rebuilt 1737 by Peter Platt, perhaps to a design by Leoni for Peter
Legh X. Coursed, squared, buff sandstone rubble with ashlar sandstone
dressings, felted roof and cupolas (originally stone) and formerly 2
chimneys. In plan, square with attached square corner towers.
3-storeys symmetrical fronts. Chamfered plinth, raised rusticated
quoins, applied ashlar band at first floor. Windows in towers in
raised, plain surrounds (now blocked but with 12-pane sashes
originally). Semi-circular headed doorcases on 3 faces, with
rusticated surrounds and Tuscan pilaster capitals to imposts with
raised plain, window surrounds above (all blocked). Projecting
heavily-moulded entablature with ashlar blocking course with central
balustrading (probably added by Wyatt, now damaged). On towers,
stepped bases to domed cupolas (now C20 wooden replacements) 3 square
sundials on moulded sills between 1st and 2nd storeys, read: east
face, "Vive Hodie"; south face, "Remember now the creator in the days
of thy youth"; west face, "Cras minus aptus eris".
Interior: 4 Tuscan antae with banded rustication in ground floor.
Diagonal flight leads to spiral, stone staircase in south-west corner
tower. Remainder of interior now removed but first floor was the main
room with a panelled oak ceiling with huge, central, carved rosette.
The stairs were in one corner, a fireplace, a lavatory, and a prison
room in the others.
Listing NGR: SJ9663683070 
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.

The lock-up at Stockport is situated in the Market Place under the Court Leet.
It has been restored by Stockport Historical Society.
Photo by Jeff Carr
with expressed permision
 A listed building. It is a late 18th or early 19th century house incorporating a 19th century shop front and reusing timbers of medieval or 17th century origin. The building is approached by a flight of stone steps. A low frontage wall with a cast-iron lamp standard is the parapet of 1a Mealhouse Brow, which is on a lower level owing to the slope of the land. Three storeys to the Market Place, of brick in Flemish bond, with a bracketed eaves cornice and restored sash windows. The windows have repaired stone lintels and original stone sills. A facsimile rainwater head has the date 1743, the original perhaps salvaged from another building or from an earlier building on the site. The shop front is bowed and has terracotta foliated brackets supporting a cornice on each side. The rear wall of the building incorporates timbers with mortices and peg holes.

1a Mealhouse Brow consists of a single-storey range towards the Market Place and the adjacent basement and lower basement of No. 8 Market Place. The upper rooms of this part were used for meetings of the town's manorial court leet, and incorporates two small chambers possibly used as lock-ups, The lower basement incorporates two separate chambers used for confinement until 1790 when a new prison was built. 
(Information gleaned from Stockport web site).
Photo by Gerald England
 © Copyright Gerald England and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
I am grateful to Jeff Carr (Flickr) and Gerald England (Geograph) for the use of their photographs.

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