Walthamstow Police Station (Vestry Road)

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Essex

Location   Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road,  Walthamstow, London, E17 9NH

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1841

Year closed   1870

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police Station

Remarks   Grade II listed.

Descriptions

'Former parish workhouse, now museum. Dated 1730, with addition to north of 1756. Plum brick, red dressings. Tiled hipped double pitched roof to eaves; pantiles to north extension. South front of 2 storeys; 5 bays, 2 to left set forward. Main entrance to centre bay with inscribed plaque over. Segmental headed windows, flush frames; 12 paned sashes, glazing bars. Moulded timber eaves cornice. North wing lower; windowless with doorcase imported from Church Hill House, having waterleaf capitals and arched doorway within. Interior with original turned baluster staircase with planked dado; simple original panelling to entrance hall. Imported C17 panel- ling and mantlepiece from Essex Hall, etc.'

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Walthamstow Museum (Vestry House)', Walthamstow. LEN1191188

'When the Metropolitan Police 'took possession of the district' in 1840 they applied to occupy the 1756 extension of the [Vestry House] building, and from 1841 until 1870 it served as their police station...In 1870 the police were transferred to a new station in Lea Bridge Road and their old premises were taken over by the Walthamstow Volunteers for use as an armoury. [After 1891 it] was then used by a local builder for the next forty years. '

The Shady Lady's Guide to London, 'The Vestry and its Cage'.

Featured Images

  • Vestry House MuseumPhoto © Mike Quinn (cc-by-sa/2.0)

SOURCES

    The Shady Lady's Guide to London, 'The Vestry and its Cage'.

  • http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location.php?loc=682
  • Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'Walthamstow Museum (Vestry House)', Walthamstow. LEN1191188

  • https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1191188

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