For a long time now - as reported in Newsletter 172 - we have been pressing for repairs to Wavertree's historic Lock-up to be carried out. Among the visitors to our stall at one of the first Farmers' Markets, last autumn, was the Leader of the City Council, Councillor Warren Bradley, and we took the opportunity to bring the state of the Lock-up to his attention. The result - in late February and early March - has been a total refurbishment of the Lock-up by specialist contractors, who have made the building watertight, replaced defective/missing slates and lead flashings, re-dressed/replaced and re-pointed the sandstone blocks, and installed a new power supply. We look forward to unlocking and showing off the building, once again, at the next Heritage Open Day in September.

Above left: The Lock-up (originally erected in 1796) as it appeared prior to 1869.
Above right: A postcard photograph from 1909, captioned 'The Old Prison-House, Wavertree'. (The building had not been needed for its original purpose since 1845 when a police station was opened in the High Street).
Below left: Another Edwardian postcard view, looking across the village green from Lake Road.
Below right (and top): The Lock-up in March 2010, after refurbishment.

For more information about the building's history,
download our Spotlight on the Lock-up
visit the BBC's Mersey Times
web page,
or go to the Discovering Historic Wavertree
section of our own website

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