Saturday, 28 August 2010

The Lock-Up, Wheatley, Oxon

Used in the 18th and 19th centuries for temporary detainment, usually of drunks.


  1. It would seem that way, wouldn't it. I'm not sure why it has that design. Dates from 1834. I grew up in Wheatley, and they open up the lock-up usually for village events, such as May Day, or centenary celebrations. The walled area behind the lock-up is the recreation ground where, on May Day, they have the Maypole and where the morris dancing. (Wheatley's not that far from Headington Quarry, where Cecil Sharp first 'discovered' William Kimber's morris dancers in 1899). When I was at primary school (in the 1980s) they used to select the May King and Queen from children at school, which I guess just seemed 'normal' to me then - I probably thought that happened at all schools. It's only looking back now that I see how 'Wicker Man' the whole thing was!