This restored building was once the town lock-up or jail. It was used as accomodation for the town drunks and other minor offenders at a time before the organised police forces were formed. The town constable was responsible for law and order and he was entitled to charge his 'customers' a penny for their release, hence The Penny Cells.The two tiny windows, each had one bar across originally, but it is said that friends of the prisoners delayed the sobering up process by passing jugs of ale through the windows, so two bars were fitted. Nothing daunted, the bearers of comfort brought ~ a flagon of ale and a long clay pipe. They put the bowl in the ale and the stem through between the bar for the incumbent to drink more ale!
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Photo taken in Snaith, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location