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.
Description: Jessamine Cottage, Wheathampstead