The Open University has a project to locate historic ‘cages’, lock-ups, prisons, police stations and the like across the country. We have contributed the information about the original ‘cage’ for Rickmansworth, which was at the rear of the now-demolished Beresford Almshouses in the High Street, adjacent to what is now the Fox and Hounds. It was replaced by the new police station cells in Talbot Road in 1864.
The research was done by our founder Godfrey Cornwall and first published in the third edition of The Rickmansworth Historian in early 1962.
The BALH website is at https//www.prisonhistory.org/local-lock-up/lockup-search. Search for Hertfordshire, 1700-1799, and go to the map to find Rickmansworth: but there are another 718 lock-ups listed!