Illingworth Gaol stands on Keighley Road above the Talbot Inn. The stocks stand next to the building.
It was built in 1823. It had four cells, with heavily barred windows. Originally, the building had just a single storey.
When a wrongdoer was caught at night, the Ovenden Constable brought a small bedstead from his home, and the prisoner spent the night in the gaol until he was taken to appear before the Halifax magistrates on the following morning.
Above the door, there is carved a quotation from St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians IV 28:
Let him that steal, steal no more, but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth
In the 1960s, the Co-operative Society, offered the building to Halifax Council, but it was refused, and a private trust was set up to ensure that the building survived and was kept in good repair.
Plans to convert it into a police museum, or even a museum for children, came to nothing.
In 1978, Calderdale Council adopted the building. It was leased for use as a private garage.
One of the uprights bears the initials A H and G R, and the motto
In June 2009, it was advertised for sale by auction
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