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  1. In the 123 years of its history between its formation on 12th March 1844 and its amalgamation with Rotherham Borough Police on 1st June 1967, Sheffield City Police had ten Chief Constables. It will be noted that a number of the Chief Constables appointed prior to World War 2 held military or naval ranks. Many police forces sought to recruit their chief officers from men (they were always men in those days) of previous military or naval service. 1844 - 1858: Thomas RAYNOR 1st January 1859 - 1898: John JACKSON. Jackson was unusual for a Chief Constable in the 19th century as he served for 39 years in an era when indifferent sanitation and health standards were not indusive to long life or service, and when even at chief officer level standards of discipline were not always of the highest. Jackson died in service. December 1898 - 1912: Commander Charles T. SCOTT. Scott had previously served as Chief Constable of Dewsbury (1887-1890); and Chief Constable of Salford (1889-1898). July 1913 - 7th January 1926: Major John HALL-DALWOOD. Hall-Dalwood had previously served as Chief Constable of Leicester (September 1907 - February 1913). May 1926 - November 1931: Captain Percy J. SILLITOE. Sillitoe had previously served as Chief Constable of Chesterfield (1st May 1923 - 19th February 1925); and Chief Constable of East Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary (19th February 1925 - 1926). Subsequent to his service in Sheffield, Sillitoe moved to the post of Chief Constable of Glasgow (1st December 1931 - 1st March 1943); and Chief Constable of Kent (1st March 1943 - 30th April 1946). While serving as Chief Constable of Glasgow, Sillitoe introduced the black & white chequered capband now common to all police forces in England, Wales and Scotland. This was nicknamed the "Sillitoe Tartan". 1st December 1931 - 1941: Major F.S. JAMES. James had previously served as Chief Constable of Chesterfield from 1925 to 1931, having suceeded Sillitoe in that post. 1st December 1941 - 1948: George S. LOWE. Lowe had previously served as Chief Constable of Congleton (1st November 1930 - 1932); Chief Constable of Newcastle-under-Lyme (18th June 1932 - 22nd March 1936); and Chief Constable of Plymouth (23rd March 1936 - 1941). 1948 - 1959: George E. SCOTT. Scott had previously served as Chief Constable of Luton (1936-1944); Chief Constable of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1944-1947). Subsequent to his service in Sheffield, Scott became Chief Constable of the West Riding Constabulary (1st November 1959 - 30th September 1968); and Chief Constable of West Yorkshire (1st October 1968 - 5th June 1969). 1959 - 20th November 1963: Eric V. STAINES. Staines had previously served as Chief Constable of Derby (1956 - 1959). 1964 - 31st May 1967: Edward BARKER. Barker had previously served as Chief Constable of Bolton (1957 - 1964). When the Sheffield City Police and Rotherham Borough Police merged on 1st June 1967, Barker became the first Chief Constable of the Sheffield & Rotherham Police, serving until 1972.
  2. Ah, that explains it Edmund. When I first saw the text part that you had posted it was quite spooky - the exact same text as on the [postcard in my collection!
  3. As recently promised I have extracted the information relevant to Sheffield City Police contained in copies of some early Police Almanacs that I recently had passed to me. The early editions of the Almanac gave very little information in relation to the city and borough forces in a lot of cases, and sadly Sheffield was no exception in this respect. Where there was no change in the information from the previous year I have not repeated it. Note that until 1869, the chief officer was known as the Head Constable, a common feature of early borough/city police forces at that period. 1858: Force strength was 132 to serve a population of 135,310. 1859: The Head Constable was Thomas Raynor, up to January 1859 when John Jackson took up the post. The force strength had increased to 191. 1862: Head Constable - John Jackson. Population - 185,157. Force strengh - 191. 1863: Force strength - 215 1864: Force strength - 230 1865: Force strength - 240 1866: Force strength - 245 1867: Head Constable - John Jackson. Chief Clerk - M.T. England. Force strength - 250 1868: Force strength - 260 1869: Chief Constable - John Jackson. Chief Clerk - J. England. Inspectors - J. Rodgers; J. Wilson; F. Otter. Force strength - 280 1901: Population - 324,243 Force strength - 465. Chief Constable - Commander Charles T. Scott. Deputy Chief Constable - George Mackley, Esq. Town Clerk - Henry Sayer, Esq. Magistrates Clerk - C.E. Vickers, Esq. Inspector Weights & Measures - G.W. Catchpole. Coroner - D. Wightman, Esq. Warrant Officer - Superintendent J. Gilley. Chief Clerk - Superintendent G.H. Barker. Fire Brigade - Superintendent W. Frost. Superintendent Detective Department - J.M. Moody. Central Division - Inspector M. Bridgeman. Attercliffe Division - Inspector G. Moore. Brightside Division - Detective Inspector W. Smith. Broomhill Division - Detective Inspector C. Thompson. Ecceshall Division - Detective Inspector W. Jackson. Walkley Division - Detective Inspector J. Goodwin The first Head Constable, Thomas Raynor was appointed in 1844, on the formation of the Sheffield Borough Police, as it was known as at that time. John Jackson, appointed as Head Constable on 1st January 1859, was to serve until 1898. Commander Charles T. Scott was appointed as Chief Constable in December 1898, and served in this role until 1912.
  4. Hi everyone, Once again I am amazed by the collective knowledge of members of this forum, and their willingness to readily share their knowledge. In response to boginspro the postmark is type S-WDSO.01, which is interesting given you give the date of earliest use of this mark as 8th November 1909 and the police constables in the photograph have Victorian pattern crowns on their helmet plates. Also thank you for the link to the earlier police stations topic and to the Picture Sheffield site as well. Many thanks to Edmund for the fund of information in relation to the Bancroft family and also the recipient of the postcard, Mrs Walton. Now here is a puzzle, the postcard you have added to this thread is identical to the one in my possession, which I acquried from a dealer not far from where I live in Essex. So I am assuming that Edmund must have had this postcard in his possession at one time and scanned/photographed it before he parted company with it! I have recently acquired some copies of old Police Almanacs dating from 1858 through to 1869 and from 1901, so I will extract the information from these for Sheffield City Police and post it to the forum in the hope that it will be of interest and maybe use to some of you. Steve
  5. A nice postcard that came my way today, depicting a Sheffield City Police constable between the First and Second World Wars. His helmet bears the King's Crown wreath style helmet plate that was in use between 1902 and 1935. There are no colar numbers on the collar where I would have expected to see them, but there is something on his eapaulettes, although I am not sure that these are numbers. The stamp box on the rear of the postcard is a type used by K Ltd. between 1918 and 1936. Interestingly our police constable is wearing a duty armband on his left cuff. So I am putting this picture out for your interest and any further information that you might be able to offer.
  6. Hi everyone, I received this postcard in the post today to add to my collection. It features a police station believed to be in Sheffield. On the far left of the building can be seen a road name plate which appears to read "SPOONER RD." The postcard has been used, it is postmarked SHEFFIELD W.D.S.O. and dated JU 24 12, which I read as June 24th 1912. It was sent to an address in Cleethorpes, but the message makes no mention of the subject matter of the photograph on the front. The Sergrants and Constables in the photograph are all wearing the Victorian crown wreath patern helmet plate worn by the Sheffield City Police until 1902. Over the front door is a lovely carved stone arch bearing the title "POLICE STATION", the key stone of this arch features the city's coat of arms carved in stone. Having looked at Spooner Road on Google Street View it looks as if the building depicted in the photograph is now long gone, as I was unable to find a building looking like it still in place. Can anyone give me more information on this building please?
  7. Hi everyone, I have just picked up this nice postcard showing Walkley Police Station. It has been postally sent from Sheffield to an address in Grimsby and the stamp is franked 25 September 1905. On the front of the postcard is printed "Police Station, Langsett Road".
  8. Hi Skelton, very many thanks for the census information. It is very much appreciated. Steve
  9. Good evening Syrup, Thank you so much for posting the press cutting naming Pc Lewis - fantastic stuff! This is the sort of stuff that helps to bring these old photographs to life and remind us that these were real people living their lives in an age when life was harder than many of us will ever experience. Steve
  10. Good afternoon Edmund, Thank you for this information. Yes, that makes more sense now if Moore was operating from that address in 1893. Kind regards, Steve
  11. Hi everyone. It is a while since I last posted anything on here - the last time was in relation to a photograph of Walkley Police Station that I had acquired and I received some very useful and helpful responses. Thank you to you all. Well, I have just acquired my second Sheffield City Police photograph! This latest one is a little gem - 6.5 x 4.25 inches, depicting a police constable of the Sheffield City Police (collar number 403). The photograph was taken by W.R. Moore of 236 Langsett Road, Sheffield. My research so far has revealed that Walter Rowland Moore operated from this address between 1911 and 1925, which in turn then presents a bit of a mystery. The cap badge being worn by the officer, is a Sheffield City Police one, but it has a Victorian crown, which having been replaced circa 1902 with a King's crown, doesn't fit with the dates that W.R. Moore was operating from 236 Langsett Road! (Which strangely, looking on Google maps, does not apear to be that far from Walkley Police Station - was Pc 403 stationed at Walkley Police Station). Sheffield being a fairly prosperous city at the turn of the 19th century, I would not have expected the police to still be wearing Victorian badges some 9 years or so after the death of Queen Victoria - unless of course, it being Yorkshire, they were being careful with their brass! Is anyone able to help me solve this little puzzle please?
  12. Having looked at photographs of the building as it is today I noticed the shield above the door on Langsett Road bearing a representation of the sheaf of arrows from the city coat of arms, representing the Burgery of Sheffield and the Twelve Capital Burgesses, the two bodies that bore the brunt of government in Sheffield before the formation of the Borough. The arms were not granted to Sheffield Borough Council until July 1875, so given the Police Station came into use in 1873,were they a later addition to the building?
  13. Hi everyone, I've not been back on here since I posted this query because of work commitments. However, a huge thank you for all your contributions! There is some fantastic stuff coming out here, so please if anybody knows anything else, keep it coming. The information from the council minutes and the census is the sort of thing that starts to bring a photograph like this to life. It was the section of this site on the Sheffield Police, particularly the info on Walkley Police Station, that prompted me to join the forum and post this query. A sound decision! Once again, my grateful thanks for all your help (so far?) - I won't be a regular contributor to the site as at present this is the only Sheffield related photo I have, but I will be lurking in the background from time to time. One of my other interests is railways, not particularly Sheffield railways, but if I see any topics I think I can help with I will jump in. Have a good weekend folks. Bye for now.
  14. I recently received an undated photograph of Walkley Police Station. Comparing it with the building in its "current" state on Google Earth it looks remarkably unchanged externally. However as the photo is undated I am now seeking assistance in dating it please. In thee photograph all the Policemen wearing helmets have no badges on their helmets. The earliest police helmet plate for Sheffield that I am aware of was worn from 1865, so potentially this dates the photograph as pre-1865. When was Walkley Police Station opened and when was it closed? The last I heard the building was in use as a dental surgery - is that still the case or is it now in use for something else?
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