Location at the rear of the Town Hall, facing on to Churchside, Macclesfield
Year Opened 1825 
Year Closed 
Century of Operation 1800-1899
Remarks A new town hall was built in 1825, replacing an old Guildhall on the same site. The new town hall had lock-up cells (it is possible that the old Guildhall also had lock-up cells). In 1843, an office for the police superintendent was provided within the town hall - at first. in the 'lower room' or cellar, but this being 'unhealthy', the office was relocated upstairs. As local historian Dorothy Bentley Smith, explains, in 1853 the 'Guild Hall' public house, adjacent to the town hall on Churchside, was purchased (for £600) and converted into a borough police station. The location of the Borough Police Office is shown on an 1871 OS Map of Macclesfield: at the rear of the town hall, its entrance on Churchside. This map also suggests that the superintendent's office remained in the town hall. A new police station was constructed in 1874 ('on its present site' - i.e. Brunswick Street?), and presumably replaced the facilities at the Town Hall. Macclesfield Town Hall, and the 1853 police station, are Grade II listed. However, the listing claims that the Borough Police Station was part of the 1870 extensions.
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