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Author:  Mel [ Tue May 12, 2009 5:55 pm ]
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In those days the upholding of law and order was conducted on lines of strict economv. A constable had charge of the Barrowford district. The temporary lock-up was at the lower end of the present Square. It was not a high building, and had a flagged roof. It was used for keeping offenders over night, they having to be removed to Colne on the following day.
A man, who was a mason's labourer, tall and muscular, was once locked up there, having had, as he said, too much beer and been talking too loudly. During the night, when all was quiet, the prisoner, knowing the place of his confinement and its method of construction, stood on the rough stool which was the only furniture, and using all the strength he could muster, forced one flag from its position, climbed through the aperture and walked quietly home to Sally, his anxious wife.

Annals and Stories of Barrowford by Jesse Blakey

Author:  Gloria [ Tue May 12, 2009 9:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Lock-up

A square in Barrowford ?????

Author:  portia [ Tue May 12, 2009 10:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Lock-up

Following on the modernisation and improvement of living accommodation Barrowford Urban District Council acquired land at Oaklands Farm for a new council housing estate. Building was begun in the late 1940’s and completed by mid 1950’s this provided affordable larger properties to rent in the village. Again during the 1960’s a large scale slum clearance programme was undertaken, which saw the demolition of all of the older part of the village known as ‘the square’ these small back-to-back terraces were replaced with modern flats built in blocks with open areas between.

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