Hampstead Police Watch House

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Middlesex

Location   9 Holly Walk (on corner of Holly Berry Lane),  Hampstead (London Borough of Camden)

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1830

Year closed   c.1834

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police watch house

Remarks   Grade II listed police watch house. Listing references barred windows but not the cells themselves. Replaced the lock-up at 11 Cannon Lane, Hampstead (see separate listing)

Descriptions

'End of terrace house, formerly a police watch house. c1830, altered. Multi-coloured stock brick, the ground floor painted. 3 storeys, attics and barred semi-basement (formerly cells). Main entrance facade on left hand return to Holly Berry Lane; 2 windows. Round-arched entrance with pilasters supporting an enriched head with lion mask; radial fanlight and panelled door. Recessed C20 casement windows with cast-iron guards. Holly Place facade with segmental-arched casements having cast-iron guards to ground and 3rd floor and a balcony to the 2nd. INTERIOR: not inspected. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached to Holly Berry Lane facade, a Windsor lantern on a simple T-bracket. HISTORICAL NOTE: used by the newly formed police force in 1830-4. '

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Watch House and Attached Lamp, 9 Holly Place', Hampstead, LEN1379105

'In the 1830s the newly formed Hampstead Police Force set out on its patrol & nightly watch from this house'

Plaque on building

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  • The Watch HousePhoto © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Watch House and Attached Lamp, 9 Holly Place', Hampstead, LEN1379105

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1379105

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