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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bow Street Magistrates Court is closing down

The origin of the Bow Street Runners (the forerunner of the police force) is truly fascinating. Let me start you - did you know that the man who started the force was blind? This article tells you about some of that, and Wikipedia gives you up to date background of the court.

Checkout the famous names that have through the door. Even if you don't know the Kray twins, you will probably have heard of Cassanova (and many others).

Another gem about the Police station is that Queen Victoria objected to the blue police light, as it reminded her of the room that her husband, Albert died in. So they changed it to white.

Thanks to ems for reminding me that the Court is closing today, to be turned into a hotel.

posted by Ham at 00:09 -- Comments here: 6

Comments on "Bow Street Magistrates Court is closing down"


Anonymous NiC said ... (10:59) : 

Interesting programme on Radio 4 about its history yesterday. Good one.


Blogger Kim said ... (12:46) : 

Fascinating bits on this. And now I'm wondering what sort of ambiance a hotel on the premises might have?

Ham, today and tomorrow at Seattle Daily Photo my subjects have been inspired by photos from LDP. Hope you enjoy them!


Blogger PDPB said ... (18:33) : 

thats sad. thats one of those buildings that everybody has heard of.


Anonymous anne said ... (23:32) : 

Hi Ham!

You are always very informative in your posts! And that post about Queen Victoria not liking the blue lights of cars just crack me up!


Blogger Carmen said ... (23:38) : 

Thanks for the facts, as always , Ham. The closure of the Court makes me sad, I was so used to reading about it in my english detective stories...and my Woodehouse ones -Wooster and the Drones ended always in Bow Street Court after stealing a policeman's helmet. I'm getting old...


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