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Merv

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Re: Rochester Police Station.
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2010, 14:29:01 »
I lived near the Castle at the bottom of Rochester Maidstone Road, localy back then we locals called it the Moat.
I would not have known back then of Castle hill.

I am not sure but losts in the Mists of time is the thought that either my Lamb Rele's lived there or were Buried there

The Police Station location..
If you take the footpath leading from the Castle as being a 2 o'clock hand, by leaving that gate the Police station is there shown in the picture.
There is a short steep slope, at the bottom was the Police station front door.

And yes it is known as the Moat in History, I just check
ed because I thought I was going mad. :)

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Re: Rochester Police Station.
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2010, 13:00:49 »
From the book 'A History of Rochester': City of Rochester Police (my summary).

21st September 1837: Formed with 1 Superintendant; 2 Inspectors; 22 Constables; 1 Station House Keeper.

21st November 1842: Force reduced due to lack of finance (what?s new?); 1 Superintendant with residence in the Station House; 1 Inspector; 3 Day Constables on duty from 6am to 9 pm; 10 Night Constables on duty from 9pm to 6am; 1 Constable as Superintendant's Assistant.

In 1926 the force was: 1 Chief Constable; 3 Inspectors; 5 Sergeants; 42 Constables; 6 River Constables.

In 1840 a Parliamentary Bill proposed the city and county forces be combined, but the City Council successfully opposed this.

The snag is, the book was published in 1928, and I can't find any information after that. Also, there is no indication of the location of the Station House mentioned above, so no confirmation of whether my notion of it being in the Guildhall is correct. Nor do I know when the force was finally combined with Kent.

PS: The station on Castle Hill would have been one of the houses at the top of Mercs 1st picture, or possibly the one further round to the right.
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merc

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2010, 12:03:05 »
Here's a 1958 aerial view. I think there was some more buildings in the moat, to the left of the one's in the photo, but they had been demolished by then.




From the book "Images of the Medway Towns"

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2010, 12:00:41 »
......Rochester Castle is surrounded by Castle Hill, Boley Hill, Bakers Walk, and The Esplanade, but I still don?t know where the Moat is.
I've got a feeling I'm about to learn something new :)
I was right!
I've never heard it called the Moat, I've always thought of it as the 'grass bank beside Boley Hill'. Is the name official?
I was also confused by the references to the police station in the Moat; I thought it was being suggested that Castle Hill was called the Moat and that there were gravestones there.
I'm trying to find out something about Rochester City Police.
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010, 21:48:47 »
My understanding of Rochester Police Station history is:
Pre-war it was in Rochester Guildhall, and a new building was started in Corporation Street, opposite the Casino. This was abandoned when the war started, and because of this it was moved to Castle Hill in one of the big houses that are still there. One of those houses was used by the council for its Health Department, so it could have been that one.
Things might be complicated by the City of Rochester Police being separate from Kent Police, and I'm not sure when they amalgamated. The Police Station stayed there until the one in Cazeneuve Street was opened.

I've written the above 'off-the-cuff' so I expect there's some errors. However, Rochester Castle is surrounded by Castle Hill, Boley Hill, Bakers Walk, and The Esplanade, but I still don't know where the Moat is.

I've got a feeling I'm about to learn something new :)
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Re: Rochester Police Station.
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 20:29:05 »
I can also remember a house and gravestones in the Moat.

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Re: Rochester Police Station.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 20:21:19 »
So the pics were taken from East Row looking along Union Street. But weren't there houses on the right and a car park on the left? The police station was in Cazenueve Street.

There was a new Police Station being built when the war began, at junction of Corporation Street and Blue Boar Lane, opposite Casino. This was abandoned and a big house in Castle Hill was used as the Police Station until Cazenueve Street one was built. I think it had previously been in the Guildhall.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 20:11:26 »
Wow, I didn't know there was a station in the moat Merv.   Any pics anyone? love to see them  :)

... the original round by the Moat in Rochester Castle.


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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 20:09:25 »
Phew, how quick was that???

I'm sure it was only yesterday that I was in their handing over me green licence for inspection  :)

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Rochester Police Station.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 19:18:10 »
I took these two photos today.




 

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