Obstruction of prison in Bishop's Stortford

Quarter Sessions April 1629

By Hilary K

An entry in the Quarter Session Minute Book (vol.1, p.120) of 5th April 1629 reads:

“That William Barnes, off Stortford, ‘’plomer,’’ has newly erected a butcher’s stall and a fish-stall in North Street there so near to the Cage that the constables and other officers of the peace are unable to imprison and punish the vagabonds, vagrants and other evil-doers within the said cage to the great hindrance of the said officers and all other the people passing along with their carts and carriages .”

North Street, Bishop's Stortford

The Cock Inn - Court House and lock-up on the right
The lock-up, along with a Court House, was later moved to a building next to the Cock Inn, at Hockrill. Further information at stortfordhistory.co.uk

This page was added on 21/02/2014.

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