Dartford Lock-up

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Overview

Alternative Names   Dartford Police Station, West Hill Police Station

Nation   England

County   Kent

Location   West Hill  Dartford

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1843

Year closed   1872

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Remarks   Dartford's first police station. 4 cells. Closed in 1872 when a new police station was opened in Highfield Road. Grade II listed.

Description

'Former Police Station, 1843. Stock brick walls. One storey. Cornice and blocking course continuing round central projecting bay with pediment over, the central projection with four-panel door above two steps, and a blocked flanking window opening with rubbed brick arches to each side. Set back blank walling to each side again. Early plan shown on O.S 1868 map and comprised central reception area with two cells to each side, the east cells later altered by the insertion of a large drying closet for the workhouse and the west cells since converted into one room, but retaining a door. The building ceased to function as a Police Station after 1872 and was then used as a workhouse ward for tramps. See Dartford Historical and Antiquarian Society Newsletter, no 22, 1985.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Former West Hill Police Station, Dartford', LEN: 1251333

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  • Exterior, c.2010. The lock-up in a dilapidated state and in need of care and attention.Photo © Brian Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Exterior, c.2010. The lock-up in a dilapidated state and in need of care and attention.

Photo by: Photo © Brian Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Former West Hill Police Station, Dartford', LEN: 1251333

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1251333
  • Exploring Kent's Past website (accessed 21 Sept 2019)

  • https://webapps.kent.gov.uk/KCC.ExploringKentsPast.Web.Sites.Public/SingleResult.aspx?uid=MKE25578

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