New Mills Constabulary

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Overview

Alternative Names   New Mills Police Station

Nation   England

County   Derbyshire

Location   opposite the library, Hall Street,  New Mills

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1875

Year closed   1993

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Police Station

Remarks   Built or converted into the police station in the 1870s - exact date unknown. An article in the Glossop-dale Chronicle of 7 Jan 1871 refers to a police station in Market Street (https://www.prisonhistory.org/lockup/new-mills-police-station/), so the police station in Hall Street must date from after this time. Another article in the Derby Mercury of 30 Jun 1875 refers to the necessity of appropriating funds for the erection of a police station at New Mills. An item in the New Mills Local History Society Archive describes building work at this police station in 1878. The front of the building has retained its 'Constabulary' sign. It also has a plaque to remember the confinement of ramblers in its cells in 1932 who were part of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout. Closed in 1993, after being described as 'the worst police station in Derbyshire'. The building was converted into a dwelling house.

Descriptions

'Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout April 24th 1932. The six ramblers arrested on this trespass were kept locked up in the cells of this police building before being tried at Derby Assizes. It is now accepted that the Mass Trespass helped to bring about the Act of Parliament which established the National Parks and Access to the Countryside.'

Plaque on the exterior wall of the Constabulary

'In consequence of having received notice to deliver and quit the house now held by the county, and occupied as a police house and strong room, at New Mills, and owing to the great necessity for a lock-up at that place, I would recommend to your Court that the amount of £700 approved of by the last Quarter Sessions, to be expended in the building of a house and three cells at Compstall, be appropriated for the purpose of building an Inspector's station at New Mills.'

Extract from the Chief Constable's report at the Derbyshire Midsummer Quarter Sessions, printed in Derby Mercury, 30 June 1875, p. 8

Featured Images

  • Exterior of the Constabulary (September 2019)© Derek Brumhead (with kind permission)
  • Plaque on the exterior wall of the Constabulary, explaining the significance of this place of confinement in the history of rambling.© Derek Brumhead (with kind permission)
  • Benny Rothman at the Constabulary to unveil the plaque commemorating the Kinder Mass Trespass in 1934 when he was imprisoned here. (n03073)© New Mills Local History Society (with kind permission)
  • Benny Rothman unveiling the plaque (n03077)© New Mills Local History Society (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior of the Constabulary (September 2019)

Photo by: © Derek Brumhead (with kind permission)

Description: Plaque on the exterior wall of the Constabulary, explaining the significance of this place of confinement in the history of rambling.

Photo by: © Derek Brumhead (with kind permission)

Description: Benny Rothman at the Constabulary to unveil the plaque commemorating the Kinder Mass Trespass in 1934 when he was imprisoned here. (n03073)

Photo by: © New Mills Local History Society (with kind permission)

Description: Benny Rothman unveiling the plaque (n03077)

Photo by: © New Mills Local History Society (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    'New Mills', Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District, website

  • http://www.derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk/newmills.htm
  • 'New Mills Town Trail' (September 2019)

  • http://www.stevelewis.me.uk/page6.php

ARCHIVES

Archive name: New Mills Local History Society Archive

Catalogue ref: D522

Collection: Archive List 8

Description: Account for building work at New Mills Police Station, 31 May 1878. PHOTOCOPY from original in Derbyshire Record Office, ref. QAB 433.

Dates: 1878


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