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STAMFORDHAM (Northumberland) - Lock-up

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The building on the village green next to the sign that says “Stamfordham Welcomes You” was the village Lock-up. It pre-dates the formation of the Police Force. Any miscreants, often suffering from the effects of too much Ale, would be put in the Lock-up overnight. There are no windows, just slits for ventilation and at the most a stone slab to lie on. It has been said that this is the origin of the saying “stone cold sober” as they probably would be sober after spending a cold night lying on the stone. The house in the background of the picture below used to be the Police house, but not until after the days of the Lock-up.

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On the village green.