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    Default Police Stations/Bridewells of Liverpool

    I thought this would be a really interesting thread as the bridewells especially interest me.
    Hat's off to Greg's Dad who highlighted the bridewell on Cheapside.


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    Good photos, DC.
    Have you got a new camera?

    Bridewell, Campbell Street.
    1992 photo.
    'Decorated' for an unknown film.



    2007 photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    The most miserable place on earth or at least the staff were that manned the place, including a now hail fellow well met local "writer" who was a nasty piece of work when he worked there for years and years complete with his handlebar moustache! It had a horrible atmosphere and a lot of angst. The prisoners had to be taken there in the early hours on transfer from the stations in time for Court. Full of smelly drunks and terrible noises. Then there were the prisoners!
    Brilliant bit of info thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Good photos, DC.
    Have you got a new camera?

    Bridewell, Campbell Street.
    1992 photo.
    'Decorated' for an unknown film.

    We have got a new camera Phil yes!

    Great pic btw

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    Default Former Police Station, Lawrence Road.

    February 2007.
    I think it's now called 'Peel House'.


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    Great Phil thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    I remember walking the beat one Saturday night along Dale Street and it was about 9pm when I found a man in a collapsed state on the corner of Cheapside and Dale Street. He was rotten drunk and totally incapable of standing up. As it happened, the Chief Inspector was walking by and he gave me a hand to lift this guy into the Main Bridwell and we took him to the Desk counter where he collapsed again in a heap. The Chief Inspector hopped it and I started to explain to the Desk Sergeant what the circumstances of the arrest were. He said "er, can I have a word you our kid round the back". So we went into the corridor at the back of the charge desk. "You see mate, he is one of the Prison Officers from Walton that we have here to do the escorts, can you leave him with us" so it was a case of "Righto Sarge" and I hopped it too. I heard the next day that when he had sobered up, the bugger alleged that he was 30 quid light!
    What a gret story that is!

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    there was a nice police station just around the corner from me in Seaforth. sadly demolished last year to make way for a block of uninspiring flats.

    will try and find a pic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris48 View Post
    I remember the interior of Lawrence Road Bridewell covered in retangular white tiles, so was Allerton. All Police stations were Bridewells until 1986 when the Police and Criminal Evidence act required that Custody offices had to be designated by Chief Constables and had to have certain facilities. The smaller stations could be used as Bridewells for short stay prisoners but most of them shut down and money was thrown at the bigger stations making them bomb proof/modernised etc. The old cells became store rooms for junk and old murder files.

    Wow Chris!
    Have you any old pics?

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    No sorry I don't.

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    here we go, can't find my pic I took a couple of years ago, so here's one from a website called Litherland & Ford digital


    great to see that one of Lawrence Rd. I used to walk past that a lot as a kid.
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    Garston, Heald Street:

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    Garston is Heald Street.

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    Garston is Heald Street.
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    Looking at the side of the Bridewell from the tower window at Liverpool Council Offices (Municipal Buildings)


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    Great pics all. I've still yet to see one of Rose Hill police station though. I used to walk past it 4 times a day to and from school for years and it featured in the 1958 Rank film 'Violent playground' It was demolished when St. Anne street opened in the early 1970s.
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    I once had an experience of being in a line up in Rose Hill police station. I was
    working in Scotts bakery in Rose Place when a policeman came in and asked
    me would I take part in a line up. The crime involved an 18 year youth so imagine my surprise when I saw the rest of the line up as I was 30 years old at the time,it must have been my youthful figure. I recieved a cup of cocoa and 2/6 for my trouble.
    Another time I went in was when my bike, which I had left outside Moore`s camera shop in Dale St, next door to the police building was stolen.
    About a week later a youth came to the bakery looking for a job riding my bike. I tried to take the bike but he wouldn`t let go so I took him to Rose Hill
    with it. I had to go to the Juvenile Court 3 times and each time he never showed up.
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    Here's Esk St. nick! on the corner of Derby Rd/Esk St in Bootle.
    Whats left of it!


    I'll have to get some better pics of this place, although all that is left standing is the outside walls.

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    I live in Bootle I was going up to get some pics of the one by Bootle Town Hall, so I can do Esk St at the same time if you want?
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    Default Old Wavertree Police Station

    Originally built by Lancashire County Council, cf also the ones in Garston and Lark Lane.
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    Default Rose Hill Police Station.

    From "Arab: A Liverpool Street Kid Remembers" (1971) by Andie Clark ("The Autobiography of an Early Century Street Arab").
    One of the first Liverpool books I bought, and still one of my favourites.
    It's long since been out of print, but should still be available in libraries.


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    Thanks Philip. There's an illustration of it too in Scotland Road - the old neighbourhood by Terry Cooke (author of Little Italy). I have a side view of it from Peover street but that's all. My mate and I got in there when it was disused, there was a hall and we lifted a trap door up on the stage and there was a load of cricket gear in there, whites, stumps, bats etc.

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    Default This little patch of blue we prisoners call the drainpipes.

    With apologies to dear Oscar.
    This is the hidden side of Cheapside Bridewell.


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