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The Cage, High Street, Brentford

In 2019 Liz Bryant provided this rare 19th-century family photo of The Cage, where 'drunks or people accused of committing crimes were locked up before appearing in front of the magistrates' (Gillian Clegg Brentford Past p. 39. Gillian added that The Cage was demolished in 1897 to make way for the fire station.

Three books include a photo of the Cage taken from further along the High Street: Gillian Clegg's, Archive Photograph Series Brentford, Carolyn & Peter Hammond and Brentford as it was: the last two have larger versions. See Books etc. for publication dates.

The Cage was in Ferry Square, an open space on the south side of the High Street, and it was labelled 'Lock-Up House' on the tithe map. The photo shows a structure built on to the chimney which my husband suggests might have had a pulley to haul sacks on to the first floor. Presumably it was no longer required as a lock-up after the new Police Station was opened in 1870. The properties to the right were 54, 55 and 56 High Street.

The Cage

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The site has several photos and postcards showing the fire station which succeeded The Cage: search on the home page for "fiire station".

Published July 2019