Wednesday, 26 June 2013

SUFFOLK. Lock-ups at Boxford, Lavenham, Sproughton and Stoke by Nayland.

The six remaining lock-ups in Suffolk vary in design and one of the most picturesque is at Walton (see next post) a remarkable survival. It is now used as a bus stop as at Boxford.

The lock-up at Boxford is situated in Broad Street, CO10 5DX. Known as The Old Gaol it had two cells and was probably built in 1828 (per book - Firefighting in Suffolk).
It was subsequently used to house the fire engine.
 With the doors removed it is now a bus shelter.

OS Grid Reference: TL9630440546
OS Grid Coordinates: 596304, 240546
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0286, 0.8601
Photo by Keith Evans with expressed permission
© Copyright Keith Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
I am grateful to Keith Evans for allowing me to copy his Geograph photograph and information.
It was Grade 11 listed 10.7.1980 (No.278238) and described as :
A small gault brick building originally used to house fire engines but
now a public shelter. Gabled on the front with corner and centre pilasters
and 2 four-centred arched openings. Roof slate.
Listing NGR: TL9630440546

Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence: PSI Click-use licence number C2008002006.

The lock-up at Lavenham is situated at the rear of The Guildhall, Lady Street, CO10 9QZ
and dates to 1833. It is now in the care of the National Trust.
Photo by Mike Bardell with expressed permission.
An information plaque reads :
These buildings were purchased by the National Trust from Lavenham Parish Council in 1992. They were in state of dilapidation and have been restored as thoroughly as possible to their original appearance.
Information about their history is minimal but two facts are known as they were erected in 1833,
and at that time they were within the boundary of the Guildhall premises.
In 1833 the Guildhall was being used as a Workhouse and it would seem the Mortuary, and to some extent the Lock-up, were an integral part of the premises. The Workhouse had been in existence since 1787,
and prior to that the building was used for 100 years as a Bridewell (prison).
The Lock-up would also have been used for inmates of the Workhouse, or others who had been apprehended in the parish for some contravention of the law. They would be held here pending trial either by the local Justices of the Peace
or by County Courts.
It is significant that the Lock-up was built in 1833, around the time when the first police forces were evolving. They were an essential part of the more orderly system of crime prevention slowly developing,
but still a long way from the system we know today".


                                                                                                         Photo by Roy Pledger.

Photo by Mike Bardell with expressed permission

I am ever grateful to Mike Bardell for sending me photographs of this lock-up

Nothing much is known about the lock-up at Sproughton which is situated in Lower Street.
It probably dates to the late 18th or early 19th century. No listing has been found.
It is brick built with sloping tiled roof and the single door has a grille.


Photo by monkeypuzzle

I am grateful to monkeypuzzle for alloowing me to copy his Panoramio photograph.
It is said that the last incumbent escaped through the roof.
When it fell into disuse it was used to store roadman's tools.
The lock-up at Stoke by Nayland is situated in a corner of the churchyard of St Mary's Church and abuts No.4 The Maltings, School Street, a property which is Grade 11 listed.
It probably dates to the late 18th or early 19th century and is presently used to store churchyard tools.
No listing has been found.

Photo's by Bethany Philbedge

I am grateful to Bethany Philbedge, Parish Clerk, for sending me these photographs.






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