Stern stone notice signalled a purgatory for prisoners
UNDERNEATH the Market Hall in Old Amersham is a very firm notice saying, in firm capital letters, ‘COMMIT NO NUISANCE’.
Because Amersham had no jail, in the 17th and 18th centuries those who were accused of any offence had to be taken to be tried at the court in Aylesbury.
The very small barred lock-up below the notice – perhaps it should have been called ‘ The Black Hole of Amersham’ – was where those accused were put until they could be transported to the County Jail.
The stark warning on the notice – and the unpleasant conditions within the lock-up – hopefully acted as a deterrent to anyone contemplating bad behaviour in the centre of the old town.
olden times We are fortunate at such historic tefacts have been eserved through the ges to give us a etter idea of what fe in the town must ave been like in ANTHONY DEL TUFO, MUSEUM VOLUNTEER
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