This grand entrance is all that survives of a prison once intended for minor offenders – the idle and the disorderly. This is a noble piece of architecture, once intended to intimidate, in a beautiful and interesting place.The windows of this former prison entrance look out over the earthworks and former moat of a lost medieval castle.
The House of Correction shares the site of the once great castle that dominated the village of Folkingham in the Middle Ages. Such local prisons were originally intended for minor offenders – mostly the idle (regarded as subversive) and the disorderly. Folkingham had a house of correction by 1611, replaced in 1808 by a new one built inside the castle moat and intended to serve the whole of Kesteven. This was enlarged in 1825 and given this grand new entrance. In 1878 the prison was closed and the inner buildings converted into ten dwellings, all were demolished in 1955.
Mr Q and I had to laugh when we saw that the idle and disorderly were once imprisoned here. Not wishing to be too politically incorrect, but if we locked up all those that were idle or disorderly nowadays, there would be hardly any cars on the roads, hardly any people in the shops and pretty deserted streets as well (especially on a Sunday morning after a night out on the pop!). Hee Hee
Back to the House of Correction, Mr Q has stated that this would be an ideal place for Mrs W to stay. He thinks Mrs W has a first class honours degree in “Correction” – that is correcting vocabulary rather than handing out punishments, I hasten to add.