A lock-up was a very small prison, used for the short-term accommodation of someone before they were transferred to larger premises, such as a county gaol, or brought before a local magistrate, or just to cool off, perhaps after causing a disturbance.
Lock-ups could be stand-alone buildings or incorporated into a larger building such as town hall or police station. The distinction between lock-ups and town gaols can become blurred, the former sometimes degenerating into the latter.
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