This original lock-up, known as The Black Hole, at Peel is situated in the basement of
The Leece Museum, East Quay, IM5 1AR.
Photo's by Roy Pledger
The building was the courthouse between the early 1700's and the late 1800's.
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
Photo by Colin Sinnott
This lock-up is situated in the High Street and dates to 1824.
It does not appear to be a listed building.
It was built by local joiner, James Cook at a cost of £41, having been commissioned by The Vestry and defrayed by and from the Poors Rate.The building contained 2 cells together with an office for the Constable which had the benefit of a fireplace. For once comprehensive information is available about this lock-up.
I am very grateful to Richard Thorn, webmaster of the village web site, for giving me permission to copy the extensive information available on that site, and indeed to Mr & Mrs D James who compiled it.
Sources: Specification and contract for building a lock-up, 1825; Xerox copy of original
MS. (Somerset Records Office, Ref: D/P/Wri). Vestry Minutes (Wrington Parish Records)
" On the 3rd December 1824 The Revd. Mr Leeves proposed to the Vestry that a Watch House be erected on the ground where Richard Challenger's stable had stood. The Vestry approved the measure and directed that a Public Meeting be called forthwith.
On 10th December it was resolved, presumably at the Public Meeting, "that a watch
(this word being crossed out) Prison House be erected by the side of Mr Durham's house, Mr, Knowles to furnish an estimate and plan to the next Vestry Meeting".
On Christmas Eve Mr. Knowles submitted his plan and specification of the "intended Prison about to be erected by Mr. Durham's house" ; the meeting approved this, except for moving the fireplace, and flooring with stone instead of boards, and concluded that "The said house shall be forthwith erected with all possible despatch and the expense to be defrayed by and from the Poors rate".
On 7th January the following year the above decision to build was ratified by the General Vestry Meeting. Nothing further seems to appear about its completion or first use, either in the Vestry minutes or the Churchwardens accounts. We know, however, that on the 2nd February an agreement was reached - "between the churchwardens and overseers of the Poor and others of the Parish of Wrington on the one part and James Cook of the same parish Carpenter of the other part".
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.