1) A medieval property, located on the north side of Simnel Street, at its eastern end, and on the corner with West Street. It was also called the Checkerhouse and, in the mid-14th century, the coutryhows (Counter House). This could have been a gaol but is more probably the name of a hostelry. It appears to be the house later called the Candle Factory.

2) In the 18th and 19th centuries this name was applied to the Bargate lock-up which was eventually superseded in 1836 by the police station on the west side.


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