Tyne Water Police Station, Newcastle

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Northumberland

Location   St Lawrence,  Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   1906

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Police Station and adjacent Dead House

Remarks   Kelly's Directory 1883 (p.14) lists a Tyne Water Police Station at St Lawrence with a neighbouring building described as the 'Tyne Dead House'. The same directory, but on a different page, also lists premises for the River Police Station at Ouseburn (see separate entry). Each had its own police inspector so the Tyne Water Police Station and River Police Station are therefore assumed to be different establishments. However, later sources say that the River Police Station at Ouseburn also had an adjacent Dead House. The photographs below show signs for the 'River Police' and 'Dead House' on connected buildings so are assumed to be of the River Police Station. It is unknown whether the Tyne Water Police Station is also shown in these pictures.

Descriptions

'There was also a dead house in Byker, in Newcastle upon Tyne. It stood beside the River Police Station at the mouth of the Ouseburn. The police used this dead house to lay out bodies fished from the river...the dead house was demolished in 1906.'

Icy Sedgwick, 'Paying a Visit to the Dead House'

'Immediately to the east of the point at which the Ouseburn flows into the Tyne...was the Dead House...'

Geoff Underwood, 'The Dead House'. Ouseburn Heritage Magazine, Summer 2003, pp.16-19.

'Tyne Water Police Station, Richard Jessop, Inspector, St Lawrence. (p.14). '

‘Kelly’s Directory of Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North and South Shields, and Suburbs’. London: Kelly & Co, 1883.

Featured Images

  • West end of the River Police Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, Unknown photographer, 1906Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image
  • River Police Station and 'Dead House'Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image
  • River Police Station at high waterNewcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image
  • The Dead House Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne; unknown photographer; 1906Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image

Description: West end of the River Police Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, Unknown photographer, 1906

Photo by: Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image

Description: River Police Station and 'Dead House'

Photo by: Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image

Description: River Police Station at high water

Photo by: Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image

Description: The Dead House Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne; unknown photographer; 1906

Photo by: Newcastle Libraries, Public Domain Image

SOURCES

    Icy Sedgwick, 'Paying a Visit to the Dead House'

  • http://www.icysedgwick.com/dead-house/
  • Geoff Underwood, 'The Dead House'. Ouseburn Heritage Magazine, Summer 2003, pp.16-19.

  • https://www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=64c4234d-de45-459d-92aa-f156b197e238

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