Saturday 29 June 2013

GREATER LONDON. Lock-ups at Cranford, Hampstead, Stoke Newington and Biggin Hill..

I have located just four remaining lock-ups in the Greater London area.
The lock-up in Cranford High Street dates to 1838 and was later used as a mortuary.
It seems to be a Grade 11 listed building but I have been unable to find the actual listing.
I am grateful to Maxwell Hamilton for allowing me to copy his Flickr photographs.
Photo's by Maxwell Hamilton with expressed permission.

Information about the lock-up at Hampstead is displayed on a wall plaque :

Photo's by Mike Smith with expressed permission
I am grateful to Mike Smith for the use of his photograph's.
Photo by Chris Gunns
© Copyright Chris Gunns and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
I am grateful to Chris Gunns for the use of his Geograph photograph
The lock-up at Stoke Newington is situated in Red Lion Lane and dates to 1824.
An engine house was first built on the site in 1821
and this watch house with lock-up was added in 1824.
Photo by Lucy Fisher with expressed permission.
I am grateful to Lucy Fisher for allowing me to copy her Flickr photograph.
The lock-up at Biggin Hill is situated in Jail Lane, TN16 3AX and now forms part of the
Old Jail public house.  It dates to c.1800.
OS Grid Reference: TQ4340759353
OS Grid Coordinates: 543407, 159353
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3152, 0.0564
Photo by Ian Capper.
© Copyright Ian Capper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
I am grateful to Ian Capper for the use of his Geograph photograph.
 The property was Grade 11 listed 29.6.1973 (No.358591) and described as :

C18. 2 buildings. Sate roof. 2 storeys, weatherboarded 1st floor and brick ground floor painted over.Right side C19 chimney. Left side has 1st  floor  stable door.

Listing NGR TQ4340759353
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.

The lock-up at Twickenham has long gone but there are records of it to be seen at
together with an 1840's print of the lock-up.

It appears that Church Vestry records refer to the Watch House, Cage, Lock-up, Crosshouse and Roundhouse which over a period of time was moved to different locations. In 1684 the Vestry ordered that the 'crosshouse' in the town centre be boarded up and converted into a cage.
In 1737 the Vestry constructed a Watchhouse in the town centre and in 1764 it was moved to the Common.


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