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The Cage

The Cage is where 'drunks or people accused of committing crimes were locked up before appearing in front of magistrates'. It was built in 1813 on the corner of Ferry Lane and High Street and was demolished in 1897 (Brentford Past, Gillian Clegg, p. 39, includes a photo).

In 2019 Liz Bryant provided this photo, the first of the Cage to be added to this website. It is good to have an early photo of a public building taken by an individual.

Liz's photo was taken from a different angle to that which appears in Brentford Past, Brentford as it was & The Archive Photograph Series: Brentford, apparently taken shortly before demolition. There are similarities between the two photos: both show notices pasted on the ground floor windows and a quiet street scene.

The Cage


The Cage was at 53 High Street and from this link you will find photos of the fire station that replaced it, also a link to the tithe map that shows the Cage
The Cage is mentioned in a number of newspaper articles and this sample gives an idea of who ended up there - no happy stories here.
1827: man apprehended wheelbarrowing a corpse
1835: suicide of Jesse Jones in the Cage
1838: riot on the Great Western Railway site
1871: deliberations about the ownership of the fire engine and the Cage

Published December 2019