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Village Lock Up, Litlington (1923 Camb Chron)

Village Lock Up, St Peters Hill, Litlington

History of the Lock Up Litlington

Listed Building

Lock up. C18 with early C19 rebuilding. Red brick and C19 gault brick. Single storey and rectangular plan with tunnel vaulted roof. Boarded door with iron lock-bar and double grill facing south-east. Side steps to former village pump. (English Heritage)

In 1923 W M Palmer (Camb Chron) wrote:

This is the descendant of the prison of the Honor of Clare. In ancient days the punishment for minor offences was often in the hands of the Lord of the Manor, but in this part of the County, there were so many manors in each parish that the police court, or court leets were under the control of powerful nobles. Thus at Litlington, Abington, Tadlow, Meldreth and Royston, where the court sat every fortnight, the leets belonged to the Earl of Clare.


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