How the po­lice HQ moved around

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Mar­tyn Hil­lier QPM The Red­dings

✒ 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.

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