Tuesday, 23 April 2013

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. Lock-ups at Farnsfield, Mansfield Woodhouse and Tuxford.

Moving south into Nottinghamshire, I have located only three exisiting and one derelict lock-up.
Apart from Tuxford, information on these lock-ups is rather sparse

The is/was a lock-up at Edwinstowe situated in High Street opposite Ye Olde Jug and Glass pub possible between No.42 and the Old Library. It was reported to be derelict and may
have disappeared altogether now.

The lock-up at Farnsfield is situated in Mansfield Road, NG22 8HF
and it dates to the early 19th century.

OS Grid Reference: SK6449056786
OS Grid Coordinates: 464490, 356786
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1044, -1.0382

It was Grade 11 listed 13.5.1986 (No.242135) and described as :

Lockup. Early C19. Red brick, with brick and ashlar dressings.
Slate roof. Open pediments formed in the gables with raised
brick bands. Single storey, single bay. Gable end to road with
doorway with chamfered ashlar surround and heavy wooden plank
door with stud headed nails. Above is a lozenge shaped
ventilator. In the right wall is an opening with chamfered
ashlar surround and metal grille and bars
Listing NGR: SK6449056786
 Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.

I don't have a photograph of this lock-up.  Can you help please?

I haven't been able to find any information about the lock-up at Mansfield Woodhouse except that it is situated in Station Street and it may well be in private ownership.

Sketch by Charlie Glenn

I am very grateful to Charlie Glenn for allowing me to copy his sketch.
The large lock-up at Tuxford is situated in Long Lane at the junction with Newcastle Street,
NG22 0LN and its large datestone reads 1823. It appears that there was a lobby, with table and chair, inside the door of the use of the village constable. A cell at each side contained a wooden bench, with restraining rings and chains together with an earth toilet.


OS Grid Reference: SK7354470846
OS Grid Coordinates: 473544, 370846
Latitude/Longitude: 53.2296, -0.8997

Photo by Richard Croft with expressed permission

© Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

I am grateful to Richard Croft for the use of his Geograph photograph

It was Grade 11 listed 14.11.1985 (N o.420410) and described as :

 Lock up. Dated 1823. Red brick, some stucco. Hipped pantile
roof. Dogtooth eaves. Single storey, 3 bays. Central doorway,
panelled iron door, with single long hinge, under cambered arch.
Either side are single recessed round arched blind panels, each
with a single small circular opening with iron bars. Above the
doorway is an oval stucco panel dated 1823 .
Listing NGR: SK7354470846

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

An appraisal of the conservation area at Tuxford, by Bassetlaw District Council in March 2011
tells us :

' Tuxford also possessed a lock-up, one of only three in Nottinghamshire. Built in1823 it stands on the green on Newcastle Street. It has two separate cells, each with an earth closet. Ventilation was achieved through portholes with ironbars on the front and back walls. In 1884 an extension was added to the back of the lock-up to house Tuxford's fire engine (this has since been demolished and the fire engine is on display in the south of the country). A police house was nearby. By the 1900s, however, the lock-up is believed to have changed use to a mortuary for a local doctor. The pinfold, which remained in use untilthe 1920's, was located directly behind the lock-up. By comparison, the Farnsfield lock-up, which is the only other surviving example in Nottinghamshire, is a much simpler brick structure, making Tuxford’s lock-up an important example. It was lucky to escape demolition in the 1970's '.



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