Wavertree lockup, Liverpool

Wavertree lockup, Liverpool
Childwall Road, Wavertree, Liverpool
Region or country
England (North West)

Grade II listed building. Funded by local residents, the lock-up was constructed in 1796 to hold intoxicated persons overnight. Prior to its construction a local unpaid constable was charged with looking after drunks in their own home all the while claiming an expense of 2 shillings. Eventually, it became cheaper for a lock-up to be built rather than house drunks with a constable and therefore the building was constructed. Made from yellow sandstone the building is octagonal in shape, two storeys high. During the 1840s the lock-up served as an isolation room for cholera victims and later during the Irish famine accommodation for families. In 1869, James Picton replaced the building's original flat roof with a pointed one to prevent prisoners from escaping through the building's roof.

The Wavertree Society may be contacted regarding the lockup.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
Grade II listed Georgian lockup
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Web address of any other online resources
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Not known; see the Wavertree Society.
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Not known
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
Everton Brow lockup, Liverpool
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