English Buildings explains:
The lock-up was once a common sight in English towns and villages. The local constable found it useful to have a place where wrongdoers could be detained until the authorities could deal with them and hotheads and drunkards could be locked up until they cooled down. In other words, lock-ups were used in a similar way to the cells at the police station in a time before there was an organized police force.This distinctive 18th-century lock up can be found in the village of Breedon on the Hill across the road from the pub and beneath the church and its cliff. There is a board outside giving its history and it is kept unlocked so you can go in and experience life as a Georgian felon.
English Buildings describes it:
The tiny, one-room building is all about security. There is a stout door, no windows, and – because tiles or shingles might be removed from inside by an inmate eager to climb out – a solid stone roof. The adjoining wall is part of a secure enclosure or pound, where stray animals could be kept until claimed by their owners.A Leicester Shire Promotions leaflet reveals that the Breedon lock up is one of five surviving in this corner of South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire.