Gillingham Police Station

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Dorset

Location   1 School Road,  Gillingham

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1890

Year closed   n/a

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Police Station, Courthouse

Remarks   Police station with cells adjoining the courthouse, which made the lock-up on South Street redundant (https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/gillingham-lock-up/). The Police Station/Courtroom was built using local orange/red brick and local stone quoins. There is a date stone above the arched window inscribed 'County Police 1890'. The building is still standing, the exterior as built with internal alterations. The police continue to occupy the building, while the Courthouse has become the town hall. The inside of the police station was modernised in 1984. A cell door from the Police Station is now an exhibit in the Town Museum, located at Chantry Fields, Gillingham, opposite the Waitrose store.

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  • Exterior, showing the police station on the right, with date stone (County Police 1890) above the arched window. Part of the building on the left was used as a courtroom.© Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)
  • One of the original cell doors, now on display in Gillingham Town Museum. The door was in use until 1984 when the interior of the station was modernised.© Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)
  • Exterior.© Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)
  • Original cell door, showing interior view. On display in Gillingham Town Museum© Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)
  • Original exterior police light. On display in Gillingham Town Museum© Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior, showing the police station on the right, with date stone (County Police 1890) above the arched window. Part of the building on the left was used as a courtroom.

Photo by: © Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)

Description: One of the original cell doors, now on display in Gillingham Town Museum. The door was in use until 1984 when the interior of the station was modernised.

Photo by: © Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)

Description: Original cell door, showing interior view. On display in Gillingham Town Museum

Photo by: © Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)

Description: Original exterior police light. On display in Gillingham Town Museum

Photo by: © Alan Whiffen. Curator. Gillingham Museum (with kind permission)

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