Historic London police station opens cells to visitors

A disused London police station has opened up its outdated detention cells to visitors because it reinvents itself as a museum, the newest addition to the British capital’s different cultural choices.

Bow Avenue Police Museum is positioned within the Covent Backyard space, inside premises that used to home a police station and a magistrates’ court docket the place defendants starting from author Oscar Wilde to suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst as soon as appeared. The museum is positioned within the Covent Backyard space, inside premises that used to home a police station and a magistrates’ court docket the place defendants starting from author Oscar Wilde to suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst as soon as appeared.

A cell on the Bow Avenue Police Museum is pictured earlier than it opens to the general public tomorrow. (Picture: Reuters)

It tells the story of the Bow Avenue Runners, typically referred to as London’s first skilled police power, which was shaped in 1749 and later merged with the Metropolitan Police. An extended historical past of crimes and investigations can also be explored.

“This constructing initially opened in 1881 as a police station and in addition as a magistrates’ court docket,” museum curator Jen Kavanagh informed Reuters, including there was a court docket on the road from 1740.

“We actually wished to be certain that an necessary piece of London historical past and such an iconic constructing was introduced again to life and it gave us a chance to actually showcase what was happening inside these 4 partitions.”

A quote on the wall is pictured in one of many cells on the Bow Avenue Police Museum. (Picture: Reuters)

Bow Avenue police station closed in 1992. The magistrates’ court docket, the place previous defendants additionally included infamous felony brothers the Kray twins and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, shut in 2006.

Visitors can view the previous station’s floor ground cells and places of work. On present are outdated uniforms, handcuffs and the unique dock from court docket quantity two.

The constructing has been restored with the flooring above the previous police station now a lodge.

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