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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 13th August, 2021)

The Police

The Police
The former Police Station, Hindley.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Eric R. on 13th August 2021 at 06:44

A great photograph Dennis. Reviving many memories of serving there and of the Hindley police officer characters in 1959 - 61.

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th August 2021 at 08:33

What a lovely building, and still with the blue lamp over the door. Reminds me of Heartbeat on the telly, with P C Ventress eating his butties behind the desk!

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2021 at 08:37

There used to be quite a few pubs around there Eric R. I imagine Saturday nights were interesting around the time you speak of?

Comment by: Mick on 13th August 2021 at 10:02

Do they have smiling bobbies in Hindley.

Comment by: Eric R on 13th August 2021 at 10:37

Dennis - Yes - Hindley always had its characters.
Mick - I don't know what smiling bobbies they have around Hindley nowadays, but there was one or two around back then. I never met the ghost that was supposed to lurk in the upstairs corridor, wonder if that ever caused a smile? Is he still around?

Comment by: Veronica on 13th August 2021 at 11:15

I've always liked this building and often wondered when it was built and if it always was a police station, it seems out of character with its surroundings.

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th August 2021 at 11:18

Eric R....he probably still lurks there. A friend of mine used to work in Lowe's of Wigan department store and there was a ghost, and when the store was demolished, apparently the staff at the bank which was built on the site where Lowe's had stood still saw her. She obviously intended staying put! Hindley had many characters back in the fifties and sixties....I remember some of them even though I lived in Ince. I won't mention any names but they were held in great affection by the kindly Hindley Community.

Comment by: Poet on 13th August 2021 at 11:40

I feel a song coming on .

Comment by: Alan on 13th August 2021 at 14:21

Please don't...poet.

Comment by: Eric R on 13th August 2021 at 15:00

Irene, I believe that the Castle Hill Police Station ghost is known about locally. Does any folklore specialist have any stories about who it likely was?

Poet, Look forward to reading your composure.

Eric R.

Comment by: Poet on 13th August 2021 at 15:43

Thank you Eric , but I couldn't improve on the old Charles Penrose music hall song that the photograph brought to mind . Cheers

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2021 at 15:51

Poet, was it Blackpool or Southport that had the Laughing Policeman?

Comment by: Joan on 13th August 2021 at 17:32

Its funny the window cleaners have not had that police blue lamp

Comment by: Cyril on 13th August 2021 at 17:40

Info on here about the ghost seen in the police station: http://www.hauntedisland.co.uk/huanted-houses/hindley-police-station-lancashire

I'm sure that there was a laughing policeman at Blackpool and a laughing sailor at Southport or vice versa.

Comment by: Poet on 13th August 2021 at 17:57

There's definitely a laughing clown at Blackpool Dennis . An urban myth surely , but I was told the recording was of a genuine lunatic in an asylum .
I've seen the laughing Policeman somewhere but can't place him exactly . Perhaps in the funhouse . Also a riotous rummed up sailor .

Comment by: PeterP on 13th August 2021 at 18:49

Veronica the police station was built in 1845

Comment by: Veronica on 13th August 2021 at 19:05

No sign of decay either Peter P. I love stone buildings. It's marvellous for the age of it.

Comment by: Pw on 13th August 2021 at 19:14

There was a laughing clown outside Blackpool funhouse with his son on his knee.

Comment by: Eric R on 13th August 2021 at 20:16

PeterP. Reference your comment to Veronica - 1845 and turbulent times for local coal and cotton? I expect that the upper floor of the police station would have been the residence of the resident senior officer for the district. A building built to last. There should be something in Lancashire Constabulary / Lancs CC archives as to why Hindley was endowed with such a fine building. VMT to all who have contributed to Dennis's excellent picture. My added interest - my maternal grandfather was born and grew up approx., 100 yards down the road at Twiss Court, Bridge Street, in 1880, and my paternal grandfather was born just over the parish boundary in Hr. Ince in 1872, both into coal mining families.

Comment by: Eric R on 13th August 2021 at 21:18

Cyril, I have typed out a answer to your comment. I am afraid something went wrong at this end. Will try to recover and send. Very interesting. At least I was right about the corridor, - there was only one corridor in that building and that was upstairs.

Best, Eric R.

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