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.
There 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
EXTRACTS FROM BURES GAOL RECEIVING BOOK
THOS. WILLINGHAM of Bures, labourer; single, received 27 Jan.1848,
aged 17, height 5ft 6 in dark complexion, dark brown hair, grey eyes,
good health, neither lame nor ruptured, no infectious disease, apparel
Personal possessions on admittance: 1 hat,1 coat, 1 jacket,1 waistcoat,
1 pair trousers, stockings, shirt, boots.
Born Bures. Father was Thos.Willingham,
labourer of Bures.
Cannot read or write. 'Charged with stealing 3 fowls, the property of
Assington who prosecuted
Magistrate's name _Rev N.W.Hallward. Date
of warrant 27 Jan.1848
Sentenced at Quarter Sessions 20March,1848 to one calendar month in gaol
Has been in custody before for poaching.
HANNAH SPOONER of Bures received,22 Jan.1864, aged 29, complexion fair,
brown hair, brown eyes, oval visage, good state of health, neither lame
nor ruptured, no infectious diseases; apparel clean
Born Stoke by Nayland, Father was Robert
Spooner labourer of Assington, Single, Cannot read or write.
Offence: stealing 3 lbs of_feathers at Bures.
Committed at Boxford; Magistrates: Rev.N.
W.Hallward, J.S Hallifax
Date of warrant 22 Jan.1864. Sentenced to six weeks hard labour.
Time will expire 3 March,1864
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