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The Lock-Up at North End

Old Lock-Up, North End, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4FG
Tel.01629 826272     Fax. 01629 826272

Web site: www.theoldlockup.co.uk

a little more comfort than you'll find in your average "Nick"

Rooms: Total 4    En-suite 4    Double
Origin: Police Station and Cells
Price Guide: 40.00 - 50.00 per person
Open: All year

Your Hosts: Peter and Vivien Wheeler

The old Lock-Up is larger and a lot more pleasant than its name suggests, having been built to house, not just prisoners, but also the magistrate who put them there. Later it became the local Police Station and still has the old charge and bail books, as graphic reminders that crime was just as gruesome in Victorian times. The atmosphere has now been transformed, as have the facilities in the cells. Its unlikely the notorious Wigwell Grange murderer enjoyed a double air bath with his mistress, before being shipped off to the gallows.

Despite the extra comforts, masochists will find some of the cells little changed, with barrel vaulted rooves, small windows, iron studded doors with locks only on the outside and a trapdoor for feeding. Bondage enthusiasts will have to provide their own manacles. Outside you can see where the drunks were sluiced down to make them sweet enough to lock up.

This is the nearest most of us will get to a night in the cells!


Private parking without charge YesCredit cards accepted NoSpecialise in Vegetarian Food Yes
Dinner by arrangement NoOpen Christmas and New Year YesEntirely non-smoking house Yes
Pets accepted NoRestaurant NoWithin 1/2 mile of public transport or will collect Yes


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