Cranford was once a small village on the Bath Road (now the A4). As one of the main routes into London, wealthy travellers would often fall victim to robbers and thieves. Nearby Hounslow Heath was notorious for its highwaymen and their daredevil activities were romanticised in poems and stories. Highwaymen were generally caught and hanged, but until the 19th century small ‘lock ups’ like this were used to detain thieves, robbers and vagrants. This one known locally as the ‘Highwayman’s Cage’ was in use until the early 19th century. As police stations gradually replaced lock ups across the country, most were demolished and this one is an amazing survival. It has been fully restored including its iron-barred window and reinforced door. Cold and dark inside, it gives a chilling insight into rough justice of the past.
HIGHWAYMAN BY ARNAUD-WILLIAM MBAKI
"Nia taught us about highwaymen and their history. I wrote this by looking at the letters in the word highwayman and used the letters to begin each line”.
Freddie, KS3 pupil, Malden Oaks School
HIGHWAYMAN BY FREDDIE
He yelled, “Stop the Carriage!”
“I will be taking your valuable jewels”, the Highwayman said
Grey was his hat, blood red was his jacket
His sword stuck out of his jacket, its blade was stained with blood from his recent victims
Winter, the season of the terrible weather surrounded them
Aggressive the highwayman got when the occupants refused his request
Young the highwayman was, barely in his twenties
Mid-air his hat flew as a bang of lightning hit the back of the carriage
As it hit the carriage the horses bolted off to the nearest village
“Not again”, the highwayman said sarcastically.
“I enjoyed reading the poems out together and making a wordsearch. I like how it turned out.”
Leila, KS3 student, Malden Oaks School