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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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The Royal Pavilion was the fantasy palace of King George 1V who had a simple farmhouse enlarged beginning 35 years of transformation which resulted in this extraordinary building with all its domes, spires and minarets reminicent of an Indian Palace with a Chinoiserie interior where no two rooms are the same. The Pavilion is now owned by Brighton Council and is open to the public.

An information plaque tells us that : 'In 1800 the east wing was converted into a lock-up - a room to house persons,including 'Trampers' (beggars), arrested to appear before the local magistrates and to shelter 'poor travellers'. Previously the Borough 'Black Hole' for miscrean ts was in the bastion of the medieval West Gate which was pulled down about 1790.'

Lewes Market Tower, a Grade 11 listed building, was erected in 1792 to house the Old Town Clock and 16th century bell, Gabriel, taken from St Nicholas Church which was demolished in 1761.From 1881 to 1893 it also served as the Town Hall. An information plaque tells us that : 'In 1800 the east wing was converted into a lock-up - a room to house persons,including 'Trampers' (beggars), arrested to appear before the local magistrates and to shelter 'poor travellers'. Previously the Borough 'Black Hole' for miscrean ts was in the bastion of the medieval West Gate which was pulled down about 1790.'

Hi Roy Thanks for the link. Regards Bob

Hello Roy One of the few still to be seen. Cheers Bob

Yes there are some very interesting church stories. I have added a similar one to your 'Village Church Group' - Ayot St Lawrence - a very interesting village church in its own right. Roy.

This photograph is now on the 'Village lock-up Group' album, thanks to Rod. Known as The Cage, it was originally Walton Market Cross and dates to the 1630's and was first used as a lock-up in about 1795. It was moved in 1852 to the corner of Maidstone Road but in 1910 it was purchased by a Chiswick business man who restored it and used it as a recreational shelter for his employees. In 1957 it was returned to Walton and restored by the Council close to its original position for use as a bus shelter.

This lock-up is situated in a corner of the churchyard in Church Lane (formerly Blind House Lane) BA11 1DN and dates to 1798 (datestone). It is in a dilapidated state and is currently being used as a churchyard store room. The original doorway is covered by an iron gate which would have given way to two cells. It does not appear to be a listed building.

I am grateful to Colin Sinnott for sending me this photograph.

This lock-up is situated in Church Street, BA12 7HW, adjacent to No's 41-42. The date is not known and it does not appear to be a listed building. It has been renovated and may be private accomodation.

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