The Orwell Village Lock Up

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What to do with Felons

By Derek Skipper

Before easy transport, Orwell had to deal with miscreants itself. Anyone caught causing disturbance would be put in the local lock up, known as "The Cage" over night or for a few days. Serious offenders would be retained until transport could be arranged to take them to the nearest Police Station.

Miss Sarah Giddings, born in Orwell in 1886, remembered how "the drunk and disorderly folk were locked up in the brick Cage until they could be taken to Arrington Police Station."

The Lock-up was on the High Street between the Village Hall and number 34 but was knocked down to make room for the Village Hall extension in 1979.  Bricks from the building were used to make the retaining wall around the ancient mulberry tree on the other side of the road

This page was added by Derek Skipper on 16/09/2012.

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