Tuesday, 2 July 2013

EAST SUSSEX Lock-ups at Alfriston, Lewes, and Pevensey.

I have located three possible lock-ups in East Sussex.
The one at Alfriston may or may not be a lock-up!


Photo by Andy Potter with expressed permission

"This curious building is to be found in the Dene car park between West Street and North Street. It is constructed of flint with brickwork reveals to its door and two windows (the second, smaller, window being in the top half of the side facing away from us). The flat top is roofed with slates . No records exist of its construction or original purpose although various roles have been conjectured including a dovecot, gun store, shot tower, kiln and lock-up (holding cell). The latter being the most likely according to the Oddities of Sussex website LinkExternal link".

© Copyright Andy Potter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
year taken
I am grateful to Andy Potter for allowing me to copy his Geograph photograph and information.
The Market Tower in Market Street, BN7 1XU in Lewes, a Grade 11 listed building, was erected in 1792 to house the old town clock and and 16th century bell Gabriel, taken from St Nicholas Church which was demolished in 1761. From 1881 to 1893 it also served as the Town Hall.
An information plaque tells us that :
" In 1800, the east wing was converted into a lock-up - a room to house persons, including Trampers' (beggars), arrested to appear before the local magistrates and to shelter 'poor travellers'. Previously the Borough 'Black Hole' for miscreants was in the bastion of the medieval West Gate, which was pulled down about 1790".

OS Grid Reference: TQ4159110170
OS Grid Coordinates: 541591, 110170
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8737, 0.0111
Photo's by Roy Pledger
The lock-up at Pevensey, known as The Gaol, is situated beneath the Court House, High Street, BN24 5LE and probably dates to the 13th century.

OS Grid Reference: TQ6467004884
OS Grid Coordinates: 564670, 104884
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8201, 0.3364
Photo's by Malcolm Lawson with expressed permission
I am grateful to Malcolm Lawson, Parish Clerk, for taking these photographs on my behalf.
The building was Grade 11 listed 30.8.1966 (No.295520) and described as :

One building. From the early C13 Pevensey was an associated member of the
Cinque Ports as a limb of Hastings and had its own Corporation until 1886.
This building comprised the Court Hall or Town Hall on the first floor and
lock-up on ground floor. A tablet on the building records (inter alia)
that "From Norman days the Mayor, Jurats and Communalty held their courts
here". Probably mediaeval building but refaced with cement in the C19.
Tiled roof. Two storeys. Two windows facing north. At first floor level
is a porch at the head of 10 steps containing a C18 door of 6 fielded panels.
The north gable end has an oriel window. "Wallby", which is the portion
behind to the south, is an C18 addition with 2 windows facing west.
Listing NGR: TQ6467004884

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


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