Lock up 20m south of Little London Cottage in the High Street


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019737

Date first listed: 22-Jan-1935

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Sep-2001


Ordnance survey map of Lock up 20m south of Little London Cottage in the High Street
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1019737 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 21-Jan-2019 at 03:38:30.


The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Heytesbury

National Grid Reference: ST 92565 42621


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Lock ups or blind houses are small buildings built as temporary prisons for the incarceration of drunkards, vagrants and people disturbing the peace. Generally stone built but occasionally wooden, they are square, round or octagonal, containing either one cell or one for either sex. A small, sometimes barred window was often included but the inside was always dim, hence the term blind house. In some examples an iron cradle or wooden bench survives, on which the prisoner slept. They were often built by the parish or as a gift to the village or town by a wealthy resident and are generally centrally placed. Blind houses went out of use in the mid-19th century when they were made redundant by the formation of a regular police force. The lock up 20m south of Little London Cottage in the High Street is a well- preserved example of a lock up which preserves original fittings in the form of a wooden bench and a chain.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes an 18th century lock up on the north side of Heytesbury High Street. The village is situated below the south facing scarp of Salisbury Plain to the south east of Warminster. The lock up, which is a Listed Building Grade II, is set into the garden wall of Little London Cottage, projecting partly into the garden and partly onto the pavement. It is octagonal, 3.4m wide from face to face, and built of ashlar limestone. The walls are 2.5m high and 0.5m thick and the roof is conical, built of thick stone tiles surmounted by a ball finial. The doorway is to the south, facing the street and the studded door is of oak. There is a small barred square window above. Inside the building there is a wooden bench with a chain attached.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 34209

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Pevsner, N , The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975), 268

End of official listing