Saturday, 13 July 2013

SOMERSET. Lock-ups at Buckland Dinham and Pensford.

It is always interesting to have a look inside a lock-up. Very often they are locked and sometimes it is difficult to find out who has the key. In many cases villages which are fortunate to have retained their lock-up soon lose interest whilst others make the most of their treasure, especially where there is a local history society. Some lock-ups have an
'Open Day'.

The well cared for lock-up at Buckland Dinham is situated at The Green,
St Michaels Close, BA11 2QD
opposite the church and dates to the 18th century, probably c1763
when the parish account books were started.
Entries in the account books are : ' 1809 - paid Mr Harvey for Wm Brown in Gard House, 5s;
1812 - expenses for putting Berriman in Gard House 1s; 1818 - door lock
and lock for the Blind House and padlock 8s; 1821 - cleaning Blind House 3d.

OS Grid Reference: ST7548251239
OS Grid Coordinates: 375482, 151239
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2598, -2.3527

Photo by Colin Sinnott with expressed permission.

The lock-up was Grade 11 listed 11.3.1968 (No.267073) , and described as:

Lock-up. C18. Coursed and squared rubble, pyramidal stone slate roof with
ball finial. Small square structure. Door opening to frontage in 4-centred stone
surround, studded plank door. Small oval barred opening to rear in stone surround.
Vaulted stone ceiling to interior.
Listing NGR: ST7548351241
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.
I am grateful to Pauline Short of Buckland History Group for sending me these inside  photographs and information.


Another well cared for lock-up at Pensford is situated in Publow Lane, BS39 4BH
and it dates to the mid 18th century. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The door has been replaced and inside there is a single stone bench
and an iron ring shackle on the wall. 


 OS Grid Reference: ST6199363760
OS Grid Coordinates: 361993, 163760
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3716, -2.5474
All photographs courtesy of village web site with expressed permission
I am grateful to the village web master for allowing me to copy these photographs.
The old door has been replaced

Built into a bank with seating area behind.
 There is a stone bench inside the single cell and a ring shackle can be seen on the wall.
There is a ventilation slit at eachside of the doorway.

It was Grade 11 listed 24.9.1984 (No.32625) and described as :
Lock-up. Mid C18. Rubble with freestone dressings and ashlar domical roof
with ball finial. Octagonal on base. Plank door to front with small slit
vents at the sides. Shown on a 1776 estate map. Scheduled as an Ancient
Listing NGR: ST6199363760
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence: PSI Click-use licence number C2008002006


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