Gaol Yard

Chantry Close is on the site of a square of houses formerly known officially as Chantry Yard, but more usually called Gaol Yard, as it originally housed a gaol – a one-roomed building with no windows and a tiled roof.

Next to Gaol Yard, Priory Cottages comprised 11 houses on a tiny plot where 40 people shared five earth closets.

The yard was partly demolished in 1931 and most of the remaining houses were condemned.  There was no piped water and the two pumps were said to be chocked with weeds.   Another 17 houses were demolished in 1935.  The remaining houses were demolished in 1955 to make space for the bungalows.

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