Some West Country Lock-Ups in the Counties of Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall
Published by Fox Publications in 1985, 148 pages. Softback (S6695)
This book provides a fascinating pictorial history of village 'Lock-Ups' found in the west country, and as well as an eighteen page introduction that explains the history and purpose of these buildings, then includes over 60 full page line drawings of many of the buildings themselves.
They were usually very small builings - the typical village lock-up was a small structure with a single door and a narrow slit window or opening, containing a single cell, and it was used to imprison drunks or petty offenders for a short time, until they could be brought before a magistrate. Many of the buildings featured a dome or spire shaped roof, and were usually built from brick, large stones or timber.
As the introduction states: Erected to house petty offenders - mainly drunks and disorderlies - the purpose of these little buildings is summed up in the words of an 1815 description: A kind of prison for the nightly watch to secure persons in till they can be brought before the magistrate
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound