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Village Lockup, Orsett, Thurrock

Village Lockup, Orsett, Thurrock
Photograph taken 15 April 2004 © Mr Mike Hurst. Source Historic England Archive ref: 119712

This Village Lockup or Cage was built in the late 17th or early 18th century. It has small barred windows and a plank door with heavy hinges. Before a national system of policing was set up many villages had their own lock-up. Petty criminals were held for a short time before being released or sent to a larger town for trial. They were often built as part of a complex including the village pound, stocks and pillory. They date back to around the 1560s. Generally the lockup was used by the parish constable who had the unpaid job of keeping law and order in his own parish.

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