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More Behind the Blue Lamp

by

David Swinden, Peter Kennison  & Alan Moss

This third book in the Behind the Blue Lamp series completes the history of Metropolitan Police stations.   It follows the format of the earlier books, arranged by London boroughs.   This one is a bumper volume (529 pages) with 431 images covering central London.   Westminster is featured (including Scotland Yard, Bow Street, Vine Street, West End Central), Kensington & Chelsea, and then the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston-on-Thames, and Richmond-upon-Thames & Elmbridge.   There is also a chapter Badges of Office, Top Hats, Helmets, Plates and uniform of the Metropolitan Police 1829 - 2013.  This book is not just a comprehensive gazetteer about police buildings; it includes details about police training, the characters who served at various stations and many other insights into the historical development of the Metropolitan Police.

ISBN 978-0-9546534-5-3  Printed by Coppermill Press  21 plus 2.60 postage costs.   Available by contacting us by email     Payment can be made by paypal if desired.

 

The list of police stations and other buildings in Westminster includes:   Scotland Yard, Gardiner's Lane, King Street, Cannon Row, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, Clarks Buildings, Bow Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo Pier, Great Marlborough Street, West End Central, Beak Street, Dean Street, Greek Street, Vine Street, Rochester Row, Ambrosden Avenue, Peel House, Gerald Road, Belgravia, Marylebone Lane, Molyneux Sreet & John Street, Paddington & Paddington Green, and Harrow Road.

Tottenham Court Road is also included.

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King Street police station, before its replacement by Cannon Row

The novelty of a motor car accident at Kingston Hill in 1903

Kensington Church Court

This is a follow up volume to Behind the Blue Lamp featuring all the Metropolitan police stations, past and present, south of the River Thames in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham,  Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Wandsworth, Sutton (including Epsom), and Merton.   There is also an excellent chapter of previously unpublished history of the policing of Royal Navy dockyards at Woolwich, Portsmouth, Haslar, Portsmouth, Devonport, Sheerness, Pembroke and Rosyth.

There are no fewer than 302      illustrations in 363 pages. 

ISBN 978-0-9546534-3-9    

In addition to the pictures and descriptions of the police stations themselves, there are features on police uniforms and badges of rank since 1829, details of the role of the Receiver, the careers of some of the characters who served at those stations, tales of police gallantry and medals, the development of the ambulance and fire services, police boxes and many other features that made up the working lives of those who served behind the blue lamp.

Published in February 2011 by Coppermill Press, this book is available exclusively from the authors for 19.99, plus 2.00 post and packaging within the UK.   Send an initial email  giving details of your postal address.   Or contact us to pay by paypal.

 

Bromley police station 1862 Erith station yard in WW1 The V Division despatch van
            

 

Behind the Blue Lamp, the original volume, is also still available.   It has 371 pages of police history, centred around the police stations of North and East London.

After a chapter about the formation of the Metropolitan Police and its structure, there are chapters dealing with the history of the police station buildings in the following boroughs and districts:

Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Enfield with Broxbourne, Epping Forest, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Thames River, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

 

Although most of the book is about the police stations themselves, the authors have taken the opportunity to recount some of the exciting incidents which have occurred at the stations (eg The 1909 Tottenham Outrage).   Stories of gallantry and disasters are included, as well as explanations about police medals, uniform and equipment.

The book takes a look at police culture behind the blue lamp which decorates the front of these police buildings, and is well recommended for those who have an interest in police or local history of those parts of North and East London

If you would like a copy of either book, please email us to arrange its safe delivery to you and to make payment arrangements.  

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