Lock-up
Read more about the 'lock-up'.
Did you know that on  27  November 1953 the Lock-up became listed as an Ancient Monument. See what it looks like now and how the immediate area has changed.


Domesday Book
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A little bit about Monkton Combe

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In the lovely valley of Limpley Stoke, just three miles from the City of Bath, the village of Monkton Combe nestles harmoniously into the south-facing slope of a tree-studded hill, commanding some spectacular views.

The word 'Cume' means a hollow or low situation, similar to the Welsh 'cwm' so that the connection with an early British settlement becomes apparent. Throughout the mediaeval period, the monks from Bath Abbey continued to supervise their demesne, grinding their corn in the mills, tending the Prior's flock of prime wethers, and carrying their produce by mule and packhorse up the drungs, as the hill footpaths are called, year after year for more than five centuries, to their Priory in Bath. Cume thus became known as 'Moncken Cume.

The village itself occupies a curving main street with most of the houses on one side of the road belonging to Monkton Combe School. At the end of the street is a late 19th century Church, cheek-by-jowl with the former brewery, which has been turned into flats. Also next to it is a group of the oldest buildings in the village. These include a farmhouse with mullioned windows, part of which can be shown from documents to pre-date 1490, together with an ancient dovecot and stone barn.

A few yards from the Church is Mill Lane, down which you will find the lock up, built in 1776, with its domed roof, strong walls and stout iron studded door. It is thought to be one of the few lock ups having two cells.

Church - sketch
 

 

A few yards from the Church Mill Lane, down which you will find the lock up, built in 1776, with its domed roof, strong walls and stout iron studded door. It is thought to be one of the few lock ups having two cells.

Sketch of the lock-up

 

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