On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017, visitors can see the double (two seater) stocks dated 1697 and the interior of the 1823 Illingworth Gaol, Keighley Road HX2 8JE and feel what it would have been like to have been imprisoned here. There will be information on how the Trust plans to restore the Gaol together with the adjacent early Co-operative store (1863) and also some true stories of crimes committed and prisoners held in the Gaol.
Saturday 9 September: 1200-1600 (Tours every 20 mins – max 10 persons/tour)
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1600 (Tours every 20 mins – max 10 persons/tour)
Wheelchair access is available to the ground floor of the Gaol and the adjacent Old Co-op store, wheelchair users may be dropped off outside the Gaol but their vehicles would need to be parked elsewhere during their stay as the Gaol is located on a busy main road.Access to the first floor above the Gaol and Old Co-op is via a steep narrow stone staircase (care needed). There are no toilets on site, but visitors should be able to use those at the supermarket about 400 metres away.
The Stocks and Gaol are in Illingworth on the A629 Keighley Road about 3 miles north of Halifax.
As there is no vehicle parking at the Gaol, please park in Raw Lane (HX2 8JD), which is between St Mary’s Church (closed) and the Morrison’s Supermarket. The Gaol and Stocks are about 150 metres uphill from the Raw Lane / Keighley Road junction.
The Illingworth Gaol and Stocks Preservation Group is a local community group that has been set up in an attempt to save and preserve the Grade II Gaol and Stocks in Illingworth.
The aim is to restore the Gaol and Stocks to its former glory and eventually use the building for educational and community purposes to ensure that local history is not destroyed but is preserved for future generations.
For more information email Illingworthjail@outlook.com