Like most villages at the turn of the century,
Bures maintained its very own gaol. There was nothing unusual in this, most villages
locked up their troublesome parishioners to keep them out of harms way.
old photograph looking towards Chambers Corner possibly shows the "Lockup"
to the left of the houses.
there is an entrance gate into the churchyard by the vicarage entrance.
is believed the lock-up was to the right of this gate.
was a large open shed called the "Prisoners Cage" adjoining two old
cottages in the Church yard where the War Memorial now stands. On Saturday nights,
there was often a rowdy crowd from nearby villagers, several of them getting drunk
and often ending in a fight. The ring leaders were put into the "Prisoners
Cage" by the police and kept there until morning, when they were taken to
Boxford before a magistrate
were the most prevalent residents, so little has changed then !
to the photograph above, no evidence of these buildings exist.|
with Church boundary wall and War Memorial.
Acknowledgement to Peter
Richards for his help & photographs