Wheathampstead Police House




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Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Jessamine Cottage, 17 High Street, (adjacent to Tesco Express),  Wheathampstead

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   1878

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Police House

Remarks   Grade II listed cottage.


'Jessamine cottage, a small brick house that dates to the mid 18th century, was the home of the village policeman who locked up miscreants in the cupboard beneath the stairs...The village policeman, a constable named George Knight, is supposed to have lived in the cottage during the mid 19th century...the cottage was taken over in 1878 by Thomas Wren, a coach builder and wheelwright. So any police connection ended then. Much later, around 1905, the county council either leased or rented two houses for police accommodation at the south end of the High Street...[Jessamine Cottage's current owner tells us] that the space under the stairs is fine for a Hoover but would be a little on the cosy side for a drunken farm labourer....[However a member of Wheathampstead History Society], an ex-policeman and somebody who is an active researcher into the history of the Herts Constabulary, assured me the idea wasn't as outlandish as it sounded. '

Local anecdote supplied by a member of Wheathampstead History Society

'C, or St Albans Division – Superintendent, William Hummerstone, Watford: inspector, Henry Duke, Watford; stations [include] Wheathampstead.'

Kelly’s Directory of Hertfordshire. London: Kelly and Co, 1890, p.690.

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  • Jessamine Cottage, Wheathampstead© and courtesy of Wheathampstead Heritage and History Society


    Kelly’s Directory of Hertfordshire. London: Kelly and Co, 1890.

  • http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital/collection/p16445coll4/id/8876/


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