Hitchin Police Station



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Alternative Names   Hitchin Bridewell

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Silver Street, now 67 Bancroft  Hitchin

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1842

Year closed   1885

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Prison, Police Station

Remarks   Former County Bridewell at Hitchin became the town police station in 1842 on the suggestion of the county surveyor. An additional cell was created, the privy was moved into the yard and a stable built. There was also accommodation for a police officer (inspector) and his family. When a new police station was built in 1807, the bridewell continued to be used for police accommodation, until it finally became a private dwelling. It has since been demolished.


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    Simon Walker, 'The Bridewells of Hitchin: or A History of Local Imprisonment' (Hitchin Historical Society, 1998), pp. 23-24


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