Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up




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Nation   England

County   Warwickshire

Location   corner of Coleridge Passage, Steelhouse Lane  Birmingham

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1891

Year closed   2016

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Lock Up, Police Station

Remarks   Now home to the West Midlands Police Museum


''Late C19. Brick and terracotta; slate roof. Three storeys; 3 bays, the centre one advanced and gabled. The central entrance tripartite, the door up steps within an ause-de-pannier arch flanked by barred side lights with circular window and concave sided pediments above; all over, a broad 'gable' with the City of Birmingham's arms in a wreath. All windows almost square with leaded lights, mullions and transoms and fleuron like ornament in their heads. The ground floor windows barred. Central gables panelled. The right hand return to Coleridge Passage of brick with 13 tall inset panels, 3 of them with barred windows and the sixth with a tall mullioned and transomed window.''

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Cells block to the right of police station, on the corner of Coleridge Passage, LEN 1221212 (

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  • With kind permission of the West Midlands Police Museum


    West Midlands Police Museum website

  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Cells block to the right of police station, on the corner of Coleridge Passage, LEN 1221212



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  1. Jayne Dodd

    Cannot find a phone number to visit Birmingham Steele House Lock Up
    and how to book a ticket. Donot want to book on line. Want to book by phone. Please answer this Email. I Know the dates I want to go.Thankyou.

    • Rosalind Crone

      West Midlands Police Museum, who occupy the Steelhouse Lane Lock-up, do have open days when members of the public can book on a tour. The dates are on this page: They provide a facility to book online, if you click on the day you want to go. The site does not have a contact phone number, but there is a contact form here to get in touch with them: (or you can email them: There is no contact phone number on their website, but Google provides this one: 0345 113 5000. I hope you enjoy your visit, it is a fabulous building and collection.

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