The Old Police Station was built in 1900 on land purchased by the Shrewsbury Police. The land, interestingly, was known as 'Scotland Yard'.


The Shropshire Constabulary moved to the site in 1903 and this was the first time the force had a phone system installed.


The cottages at the end of Swan Hill were replaced by a police station at the end of the 19th Century. They would have backed onto the gardens of the Charlton Hall, Shrewsbury's largest medieval mansion. (Image courtesy of Shropshire Archives)

These small cottages, built just outside the walled enclosure of the Charlton family, were very common in the back streets of Tudor Shrewsbury.

The police continued to be stationed at 23 Swan Hill until 1960, when a new, modern building was constructed in the Monkmoor area of the town.


The old building became offices for a series of businesses until Shropshire Homes converted the building into a series of apartments, of which 'The Old Police Cells' is now one.

Rear view of the police station taken from the yard.

The police station is prepared for war, with sandbags piled to a height of seven or more feet on either side of the pillared entrance. A police constable is standing on the step, smiling to camera.

(1939 - photograph courtesy of Shropshire Archives.




If anyone has any more information about the history of the Old Police Station building, then we would love to hear from you. You may have been stationed at the building or have a family member who was...










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