How the police HQ moved around
✒ REFERENCE page 26 of the Echo (May 16) and the reference to the county police HQ moving from Crescent Place to Lansdown Road.
This is inaccurate, and although it may seem pedantry, I’d like to point out the correct story
In the 1900s, HQ was at 1 Crescent Place, at the junction with Clarence Street, and the Cheltenham police station was adjacent, in the building later known as John Dower House.
After the First World War, there was a need to recruit more officers, not least because a large number eligible to retire in the period 1914-1918 had worked on to cover for colleagues who enlisted, but now that the war was over, they wished to enter their retirement.
A premises in the Lansdown Road, named New Court, was leased for two years to enable the Constabulary HQ to move and have the room to recruit, accommodate and train the new staff.
1 Crescent Place was sold on October 18, 1921. Towards the end of the twoyear lease a house further along the Lansdown Road, at the junction with Talbot Road, Holland House, was purchased and staff moved in on June 28, 1921.
The adjoining building Talbot House was later acquired. This original Holland House was badly damaged in an air-raid in 1940.
In 1965 the old Talbot House was demolished and a new Talbot House built. Staff temporarily occupied it, whilst old Holland House alongside it was demolished and a new building was built.
Staff were able to move in to their new Holland House on June 22, 1970.
This made room for Cheltenham police station to relocate to Talbot House, operational as of September 4, 1970.
The former police station was acquired by the Countryside Commission, who named it John Dower House, and it has recently been rebuilt as luxury apartments – as has Talbot House & Holland House with the buildings demolished.