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Roy Pledger on November 6, 2011

The lock-up, The Round House, is situated at Bailey Hill in the centre of the village.

It dates to 1779 and was built by Mr W.M. Clark as temporary lock-up at cost of £23. It was restored in 1894 and 1983. Grade 11 listed 24.3.1961. ID 261975.

Single storey circular plan 7 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. Built from Lias stone cut and squared on slight plinth with two stepped sloping courses below a bee-hive dome with ball finial. Four stone steps lead to a recessed doorway with heavy boarded studded door with iron strap hinges and vent above. It was presented to the Parish in 1922 by the Lord of the Manor. There is a descriptive plaque on the wall.

The roof of this lock-up is said to have inspired the design of the police helmet.

Roy Pledger on November 6, 2011

An old snapshot photo. Can you supply a better one? There are also existing lock-ups in Somerset at Buckland Dinham, Kelton, Merriott, Nether Stowey, Nunney, Pensford and Watchet. Can you supply a photo please? Roy.

♦Rosa♦ on May 12, 2012

I know this lock-up very well...not by personal experience! The trouble is there are always so many cars parked around it as the Post Office is so near-by! I will see if I can get a picture when I am over there on a Sunday. Like. Regards, Rosa.

Roy Pledger on May 13, 2012

Hi Rosa, I am pleased to hear that you are interested in this topic. It would be great to have a better photograph sometime. Best wishes, Roy.

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