Hi all, someoneh as meailed me asking whether we know the number and location of London's remaining Police Posts (well, they didn't know what to call them but we got there in the end) and to be honest I haven't the foggiest. I know that some of you do have a particular interest in them and have spotted them here and there, can you help me assemble an answer?
Post by Admin account on Jan 25, 2009 20:09:16 GMT 1
I know of five London Police Posts. Ironically, only two are in London still. There's one the Crich Tramway Village, along with last Met Type 2 Box, there's one at Avonscroft Museum of Historic Buildings, with one Glasgow and one older hut style box, and there's one in Nottingham's Gallieries of Justice, next to a Newcastle hut style Police Box.
Of the two I know in London, there's a Met Police Post on Oxford Circus, next to a new and very high tech Police sub-station, and there's a much rarer City of London Police Post outside St Mary's church, near the Ten Bells pub, in the now infamous Whitechapel area, you pass it on all the Whitechapel Murders/"Jack the Ripper" tours.
This seems like an old thread but its only like nine months old, so its probably still relevant. I'm not sure about the Posts described above, the locations don't sound familiar but I'm sure I have the same posts listed. I used the name of the street they were on rather than an area because I wouldn't know the area names being from Canada.
There are 13 Police Posts in London, if you take just the Police Posts from Aldgate Tube Station to the Victoria Embankment, it is a walking journey of 2.4 miles West and should take about 1 hour to complete. A quick hop on the Tube at Temple by Victoria Embankment you can visit the Piccadilly Post, then the Grosvenor Square Post, and if you don't mind a bit of a long ride the Northwood Post. Although going to Northwood will likely add an extra hour to the trip. There are two Met Posts in Sidcup as well but not sure if public transit would work for that one. I've only been to London twice myself so I'm sure a local might not find it difficult.
There are several more than that kicking around, more than 30 actually. I have a page on Flickr called Police Post Lost & Found. Although it has more than that, there is a map for Glasgow and Edinburgh Boxes as well. Its really just a dump for all my research notes...