I don't know how this typical lock-up came by its name unless it meant that inmates couldn't see out so were effectively blind. The brass plaque on the door states, 'The Blind House, Village criminals were kept in this 18th century prison' with translations in French and German. The last sentence on the plaque reads, 'Property of Shrewton Parish Council. Protected by law as an ancient monument. Silver Jubilee Year 1977'.
wikipedia article on village lock-ups.
I drove past this in a taxi the a few weeks ago, it got me interested when the taxi driver said it was an old prison...
In The Times on Monday (1st June 2009 if it was that day's news, I'd randomly picked up a paper in a waiting room!!), there was an article showing a similar jail in Cambridgeshire. It said that these jails were used up until the 1830's, I think 1839.
There are still quite a lot of these lovely old buildings around. Many, if not all, are 'listed' buildings or otherwise protected against demolition. This is a picture of another one I've seen about 35 kms west in Somerset.
Another superb image.
My notes on this are :-
The lock-up, known as The Round House, is situated in Maddington Street.
It dates to 1700. Moved slightly and re-constructed after 1945 Grade 11 listed 18.2.1958. ID 319857.
Blind house or lock up. Circa 1700. Dressed limestone walls and roof. Round plan. Single storey, one narrow planked and studded
door, two loop-holes, one on either side to rear, plat band at eaves level, domed stone roof with ball finial. Not in original position; moved and reconstructed after 1945. Scheduled Ancient
Monuments; Wiltshire, No 253.
Listing NGR: SU0680543874 (*English Heritage).
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Photo taken in Shrewton, Wiltshire, UK
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