19th September 2019

Heritage Open Days : Town Lock Up

Price: £ Free

The 17th century lock- up is housed on the famous 13th century Town Bridge of Bradford on Avon.

Certainly, one of the most often photographed parts of Bradford on Avon is the old Town Bridge and Lock Up . The bridge was erected in the 13th century, and two of its arches still remain from that time. In the 17th century, the bridge was widened, and at that time the distinctive lock-up was added onto its side, The ‘Lock-Up’t started off life as a travellers chapel, for those long and dangerous journeys along route rife with highwaymen and thieves. The Lock- Up was later converted into a blind house or drunk tank, holding the locals until the morning to sober up before sentencing. This site is only open on Heritage Open Days and is visited by hundreds of people who enjoy the experience of entering the ancient lock-up cells and seeing some of the historic fixtures and fittings including very uncomfortable beds and less than glamorous en-suite facilities.

Thursday 19 September: 10am – 4pm
Friday 20 September: 10am – 4pm
Saturday 21 September: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 22 September: 11am – 3pm


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  • Venue: The Lock Up
    St Margarets Streey, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DE
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