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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.
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Hi Roy Thanks for the update, I took a few snaps of the Quorn lock up last year and it is a pizza take away. Regards Bob

Hi Roy I would tend to agree with you regarding its former use, it just needs the basics like colour TV and internet connection. Cheers Bob

It would be nice to be able to read your article Alison. Roy.

After the Enclosure (1809) the Agricultural revolution began in Hunmanby. On Feast and Fair nights the young farmhands subbed from their masters a small sum of ‘monies’ – deducted from their annual wage which was only paid annually – and spent it in the village Inns and Beer-houses. This caused much trouble for the village Constable and his two deputies. The Lord of the Manor therefore gave permission for a Lock-up or Prison to be built at the junction of Lower Stonegate and Sheep-dyke Lane. It had two compartments in order that combatants my be separated, no windows and vented by iron grilles above each stout door. As in the stone above the doors, it was completed in 1834. The two stout doors were fitted with two blacksmith-made locks which would defy anyone without the huge blacksmith-made keys. Just prior to commencing work on the Prison (or Lock-up), the village Pound, then situated at the top of Stonegate (today, 2007, the site is surrounded by white rails) was collapsing to such an extent that it was decided to remove it altogether and rebuild onto the proposed Prison. The Pound was built of large stones from the beach and more had to be brought to the village to complete the rebuild. A gate, bricked-up in the 1930’s was incorporated where the two buildings adjoined. Consequently the work on this unique property was completed in 1834. The prison was in constant use until the building of Filey Police-station, complete with several cells and a courtroom was completed in the 1890’s. Still used occasionally in the early 1900’s it was referred to locally as “the black hole"! After the first World War, the East Riding County Council – to which Hunmanby then belonged - took over all road-works in the County and Hunmanby was designated as the local centre. The lock-ups were ideal for storing tools etc and the large area to the South was excellent for storing tarmac, chippings etc. Every few months it was visited by one of the County steam-rollers, plus living-van for the driver. Each night after completing his work he drove the steam-roller down to Sheep-Dyke and refilled his boiler for the next days work. By mid-1930’s the top of the Pound was in a parlous condition mainly caused by local boys running around its top ! Consequently the Parish Council ordered the top layer to be strengthened and a concrete capping complete with broken glass to be added. At the same time the gate-way was bricked-up.
World war Two broke out in 1939 but until the fall of France in May 1940 the village carried-on much as normal. However the summer of 1940 saw Hunmanby Hall Girl’s Boarding School evacuated to the West Riding and Hunmanby became a ‘garrison town’ with the H.Q. etc at Hunmanby Hall.After the fall of France the fear of para-troopers landing was great. The CO from Hunmanby Hall called upon my late father – the village Contractor - and proposed that it was decided to repair the Prison and re-enforce same for the retention of any para-troopers captured locally. All that was required was strengthening the ceilings, making new doors and frames and checking upon the locks. This was done July 1940. Upon taking the huge locks to bits, cleaning and oiling them it was found they worked beautifully. Two of the huge keys were placed – one with the Parish Council and one with my father – about 1952 my father returned his to the Parish Council but now, both have ‘disappeared’. Incidentally the prison was never used during the war. Until 1974, when Hunmanby moved into the North Riding the Prison was still used by the ERCC for road repairs. Later, it became an unused attraction to the village and to prevent it being used as a parking space for motor-lorries etc, both Hunmanby Primary School and later the Womens Institute planted trees and the grass was kept in order by the HPC. About 2000, a determined effort by local yobs to break into the eastern lock-up by breaking away the stone locking slab was easily defeated. After several attempts they gave it up as a bad job.
Every attempt must be made to look after this unique village property which I believe to be the only combined ‘Pound & Prison’ in the country. Ces. Mowthorpe (Copyright 2007)

The lock-up is in Daisy Lane behind Holy Trinity Church, HD9 1HA, in the 'Last of the Summer Wine' village of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. It is a Grade 11 listed building. As the blue plaque tells us, it stands on the site of the original church lock-up built in or soon after 1597. It was rebuilt in the early 19th century and served as a lock-up and watch room on the upper floor and the large lower floor as a mortuary and fire/ambulance station.

It was Grade 11 listed 4.8.1983 and described as :

' Former detached lock up. Early C19. Hammer dressed stone. Stone slate roof. Two storeys. North elevation: large carriage doorway with massive stone lintel supported on rounded padstones. Doorway to east and south elevtions (the latter blocked). West elevation: first floor has narrow slit opening with vertical bar '.

The smaller of the two upper rooms was the lock-up and an iron ring, which is still set into the floor, was used to restrain violent prisoners. There is also a ledge which was used for a candle. The larger room was for the use of the Constable and The Nightwatch.

It is not known where the term 'towser' comes from. It has always been a favourite name for a dog and I wonder if it meant to refer to the 'dog house'.

The lock-up had an unusual prisoner in 1685 when the Rev. Edward Robinson was detained therein whilst awaiting his removal to York. Robinson who was the assistant parish priest, was arrested for the capital offence of 'coining'. Coining was prevalent in the area at that time and consisted of cutting the edges off gold coins to produce an accumulation of gold which was then expertly moulded into a counterfeit coin. He was found guilty at York Assizes and hanged.

This extraordinary church tower is curiously wider at the top than at the base, its walls leaning out as they rise. Does anybody know the reason for this? This church also has another curiosity - the font has traces of a lock from the time when it was thought necessary to prevent witches from stealing holy water.

See the following link by Mike Chitty of Wavertree Society ( which outlines the history of this lock-up

2012 Olympic gold boxing medal winner, Nichola Adams from Leeds, was honoured by this gold post box.

You are very welcome. Pleased that you found the photo. Good luck with your research.. Roy


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