*Historical* The misty morning was perfect to capture these shots in Carshalton, of where police officers used to be based. At Christmas, it’s important to think of the members of the emergency services that are having to work over the festive season.
🗝 The Carshalton Police Station used to stand on this grassy area behind the Honeywood Museum. The position of the policeman in the first shot is roughly the same position as in the second image.
🗝 The police buildings stood on the corner of West Street and Pound Street. They were built in 1848 on the site of an older structure designed to impound stray dogs and errant humans. This is how the name Pound Street originated.
🗝 The white wooden building was called ‘Wandle Lodge’.
🗝 Also a shot of the old pre-doctor-who-style police box where policeman Arthur Biggs kept an eye on traffic approaching the ponds – which was just outside the Woodman pub.
🗝 At the turn of the last century there were over 50 police officers stationed in Carshalton. Here are some enjoying a drink at a table, probably in the police yard. The old Victorian water pump was under the care of the police – and kept well maintained.
🗝 The police buildings were demolished in 1920, and replaced by attractive gardens. Everyone was moved to nearby Wallington. None of the buildings in these shots are left now, but the water pump still stands.
Words, research and colour pics @secret.carshalton. Old pics, London Borough of Sutton Museum and Heritage @suttonheritage
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