The village Lock-up

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Cramped and dark, lock-ups fell out of favour when social reformers won better rights for prisoners in the 19th century. Only a few survive, like this 18th-century one at Breedon-on-the-Hill. The tiny, one-room building is all about security. There is a stout door, no windows, and – because tiles or shingles might be removed from inside by an inmate eager to climb out – a solid stone roof. The adjoining wall is part of a secure enclosure or pound/Pinfold, in Medieval Britain, is an area where stray animals were rounded up if their owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land. A mulct (fine) had to be paid for their release.

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Comments (11)

Bram van Broekhoven on August 28, 2011

beautiful place and photo like

trikermike on August 28, 2011

So because of 19th century reformers the only point of this building is the roof!!

Good photo and interesting narrative

andrew sharkey on August 29, 2011


Great subject well captures.

Fascinating snippet of history

Heinz Peierl on August 29, 2011

Gefällt mir.

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Viele Grüße von der Mosel


Alina Sbitneva on August 29, 2011

What an amazing place and building! Thank you for sharing the photo and info.

LIKE Alina

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on August 30, 2011

Superb photo and fascinating intro.. I wonder how many people drive by this structure every day of their lives and never give it a second look or a moments thought!

The structure will possibly have listed building status!

As for Ians' comment, I like the idea but the E.C. of human rights would forbid such atrocities...usually one has to commit a crime and be found guilty before punishment Ian..;)))

Lets just carry on as before, playing cricket with all the rules stacked in the criminals favour shall we ;) not!

Friendly greetings!


Rosalyn Hilborne on August 30, 2011

Spectacular roof Mark. They were more often rounded weren't they. There is a lock-up on the main bridge at Bradford-on-Avon that intrigues me, I must take a picture! Thanks for the info, very interesting. Cheers, Rosa.

Theolfa on September 5, 2011

Wow! Maybe we should bring them back for such as the vandals that recently caused such havoc in UK. Thanks for the description, 3wheels, and The nicely balanced composition. _Theolfa

Free Wheels on September 5, 2011

Bram Thank you for your comments.

trikermike Hi Mike, Thanks for your visit, your comments sums it up perfectly.

wandering gael Hi Andrew, I see something and the first thing I think of is the history. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Mosella Hi Heinz, thank you for your comments.

West Riding Hi Ian, you could be right. The door is unlocked, I did try and keep it shut while the wife tried it out for size - she wasn't impressed:)

Alina Sbitneva Hi Alina, There's not many of these buildings left now. Thank you for your visit.

AXOTA Hi Jim, nice to have you back on Panoramio. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. I've driven passed it enough times and never stopped - I live 15 mins away. A night in one of those lock-ups would make you think long and hard about your future.

♦Rosa♦ Hi Rosa, Just yesterday I was told that most were built with rounded roofs. I was also told that there is another one about 5 mins from were I live. Hope you get the chance to photograph the one on the bridge, we could then start our own lock-up group:)

Theolfa hi, thank you for your visit and comments.

Hal Janzen on September 15, 2011

Maybe this wasn't such a bad idea. Thanks for the information with the photo. LIKE Best wishes, Hal

Bobsky. on September 30, 2011

I have passed it several times, every village should have one. cheers Bob

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A dark and dusty corner of my mind

Photo taken in Breedon on the Hill, Derby, Leicestershire DE73, UK

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