Saturday, 13 July 2013

SOMERSET. Lock-ups at Milbourne Port, Somerton and Watchett.

These three lock-ups fall into the 'small town' lock-up category
in that they are part of a local authority building.


The lock-up at Milbourne Port is situated in the former Guildhall
which is now a PRIVATE HOUSE, 6& 7 High Street, DT9 5AG
The actual lock-up was situated to the left of the very fine entrance door.



The lock-up at Somerton is attached to the rear of the Market House, Market Place, TA11 7LX, formerly also the Town Hall, and probably dates to the early 19th century.


OS Grid Reference: ST4905428525
OS Grid Coordinates: 349054, 128525
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0538, -2.7282

Photo by Colin Sinnott with expressed permission

The building was Grade 11 listed 17.4.1959 (No.262966) and described as :

Market and Town Hall. C17 origins. By 1841 focus of the meat market
but also used by local magistrates until 1870 - west porch is a former lock-up.
Owned by Lord Ilchester, it was sold to the town in 1913.
Listing NGR: ST4906228526

'Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.






The Court Leet lock-up at Watchet is likewise situated, at the rear of the old
Market House in West Street, TA23 0AN




OS Grid Reference: ST0707443420
OS Grid Coordinates: 307074, 143420
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1824, -3.3309

Photo's by Roy Pledger

Prior to the early 1800's, the Court Leet was responsible for law and order in  Watchet. Prominent local  men took up various duties to administer justice at Court Leet Sessions which were held at the Bell Inn, handily placed across the road from the lock-up.




The building was Grade 11 listed 12.6.1950 (No.264619) and the report referred to a small 'lock-up' under the external staircase at the north-west end.
Listing NGR: ST0707443420

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

Post card of Watchet probably early 20th century



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