This article came from the Chronicle published October 1985. Pages:45 & 66
An Ilminster Lock-Up
Also Book Review
Some West-Country Lock-Ups
Author: Leslie Brooke
Pulman’s Weekly News, 23rd February 1858.
The Image shows the Lock-Up at Kingsbury Episcopi (Drawn by Leslie Brooke)
After a long incubation period Leslie Brooke’s latest book “Some West-Country Lock-Ups” was finally published in August by Fox Publications Ltd. The book is attractively produced in hard back with 62 meticulously produced pen and ink sketches by the author. It is a worthwhile acquisition for the splendid drawings themselves but it is more than that, because of the comprehensive nature of this survey of Lock-ups in the counties of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Although the introduction includes a plea for notice of Lock-ups that Leslie Brooke has missed, I suspect that this would prove something of a challenge. The brief but informative text makes fascinating reading with numerous anecdotes such as the legend that the distinctive shape of the Castle Cary Lock-up provided the pattern for the police-mans helmet! One nice point concerns the layout in which the county of Avon is set between Somerset and Wiltshire. This is not an oversight but a quite deliberate geographical recognition that Avon is, in effect, a sub division of Somerset for the purposes of any historical survey such as this. Although the subject matter is to say the least unusual, “Some West-Country Lock-Ups” is highly recommended and to whet the appetite of would-be purchasers one of the illustrations is reproduced on this page. Copies are available from Fox & Co. in Yeovil at £7.95.