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Meadow Lane Police Station


Meadow Lane Police Station
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17th February 1937. 17th February 1937. View of Meadow Lane Police Station on junction with Great Wilson Street. Opened in 1907 this replaced Hunslet Road Police Station and was used as a B Divisional headquarters until replaced by Dewsbury Road in 1958. A Probation and Aftercare Centre opened at these premises in 1980.

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Dave Johnson

Comment:
This police station was not 'replaced' by Dewsbury Road police station, as the latter station was already in existence long before 1958. (It may in fact, pre-date Meadow Lane police station).

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Dave is right - Dewsbury Road P.Stn was replaced by Tunstall Road P.Stn in 1980s? D. Road P/Stn was situated on the corner of Dewbury Road and Hunslet Hall Road, next to the Fire Station which was betweeen the Library and the police station. The building is still there.

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John Young

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I was a serving police officer, having joined the Leeds City force in Oct 1964 and commenced duty at Dewsbury Road PS in Jan 1965. I worked the area from Dews Rd Police Station to Leeds Bridge for the next five years and looked round the old derelict properties in the area every day. The PS was no longer in use at this time but was definitely still standing. I recall that the Old Red House, which was a few doors away along Meadow Lane, was still open but later closed and was eventually demolished. I recall looking around the pub one day as I had heard water running. Upstairs there was a boxing ring set up and I assume that some kind of boxing gym/club had existed at the pub. In the ring was a tramp who I assumed was asleep but it transpired he was dead. A grisly find to make when all I was looking for was a water leak.

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Jean Lloyd

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WOULD BE INTERESTED IF ANYONE REMEMBERS ARTHUR BLAND WHO WORKED IN THE POLICE STATION IN 1948

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Mick Agar

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I joined Leeds City Police at Dewsbury Road Police Station in 1967 and John Young was one of my colleagues. I had no car and he often gave me a lift home in his car. Daft the things I can remember after all these years. He had a Moggy Minor and the reg was YRU 427. (Unfortunately, I can never remember anything important.) I can vouch for what he says about checking derelict buildings. I remember one night he found a building on fire - it had been some sort of early form of cash and carry warehouse which had gone bust. Our inpector Michael J Hirst, who later became Chief Constable of Leicester recommended him for some sort of recognition but the chief superintendent said he was only doing his job. (You might think they had to pay for the commendations etc themselves.)

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13-Oct-2009

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Ken Green

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I agree with Dave Johnson ,I worked further up Dewsbury Road at a little garage on Green Terrace and I recall the policemen bringing thier cars in for repairs and that was in 1955.

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16-Mar-2010

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John Young

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As an ex policeman I have done some research into the force and some of the outstanding characters who served throughout its existance. One such character was PC 568 William Bartle who was better known by his nickname The Rocking Horse. He was well known for his unorthodox method of dealing with the rogues around his beat which covered the Bank area (off East Street). He joined the force on 30th Aug 1907 and served until his retirement in the 1930s. His record shows that on the 9th February 1910 he had two days leave stopped for improper conduct at Meadow Lane Police Station in sitting playing cards after midnight. They were very strict in those days as he wasn't on duty but playing cards in his own time. The Rocking Horse story is quite a sad tale as he and his wife had four sons three dying at birth and the fourth died at age 15 years. They are all buried together at Harehills cemetery. I have lots of information about him and if anyone is interested I would be only too willing to share it.

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21-Apr-2011

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John Young

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To put an answer to Dave Johnsons comment, Dewsbury Road police Station was opened in 1903 and was built together with the library at a total cost of £11,982. Originally used as a section station, it became the B division HQ when Meadow Lane closed in 1958. It was C division HQ until the Leeds Force ceased in 1974 when the new West Yorkshire took over. Meadow Lane was opened in 1907.

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22-Apr-2011

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Terrance Watson

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Nothing to do with the photograph, but John Young mentioned that they were strict in the police force of yore, in 1889 3rd November PC3 had one day rotary leave stopped for gossiping with a civilian from 2-30pm to 2-34pm. People to day spend hours texting each other.

Date:
11-Aug-2011

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TellWatson@AOL.com

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Jane

Comment:
My Grandfather Sgt William Rudd lived with his family at Meadow Lane Police Station, very early 1900's does anyone know how long they lived there

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19-Jan-2012

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colin sutcliffe

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To John Young ,Ref your comment re Rocking Horse,I was born in Holbeck in 1934 and remember well older people talking about Rocking Horse with great respect.I served in the West Riding Constabulary in the 1950s and 60s and passed on what I knew of him then.I am very keen to know any detail you have of him. I will certainly visit his final resting place if you can assist with the location .I did not know his name before I read your comment.He was a legend even after his demise.Thankyou.

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15-Apr-2012

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colin sutcliffe

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To John Young,ref to Rocking Horse,the stories I heard were that he dealt out instant justice to men who were known to beat their wives.He would find out the public house the men drank in then enter the bar and call out their names loudly,ask them to go outside where he then told them that they would be beaten too if they persisted. The public humiliation normally had the desired effect because no one was given a second chamce by him, His name related to his rolling gate has he walked the beat.

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21-Apr-2012

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Alison Wood

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I am tracing the family history of a close friend and we have just discovered that she was born in Meadow Lane police Station in 1947. Does anyone have any memories/info around that time?

Date:
23-Oct-2013

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Trespasserswil46@gmail.com

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Denise Foster

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Until 1964 my family lived across the road from Meadow Lane police station, in Lee's Yard. I remember as a small child (probably aged around 5) I got 'lost' at the bottom of the street and was taken to the police station. I sat on a bench by the front desk and was given a large slice of jam + bread whilst someone went to get my mum. Shortly after I was returned home mum found me toddling off down the street, on my way back to the police station for some more bread + jam! My mother was brought up in 'the Bank' area (born 1916) and I remember her talking about the way 'bobby Rocking Horse' struck fear into grown men, not to mention the children.

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23-Oct-2013

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To. John Young

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Regarding your comment about PC 568 William Bartle. (The Rocking Horse). I think my Grandad would have possibly known him. He was PC 125 William Thomas Roberts and joined Leeds City Police on the 16th September 1912 until his retirement on 15th September 1937. He became Resident Constable of Shadwell in 1928 and lived with his wife Annie and their 4 children in the police house on main street, this I understand had it's own jail/lock up in the garden. Although I have a certain amount of information about him there are lots of gaps ie. where did they live and where was his beat etc before moving to Shadwell.He was commended by the city justices on 21st Dec 1923 for his apprehension of a shop breaker, but I can't find any information about this. Sadly I never knew my Grandad as he passed away in 1940 3 years after his retirement (before I was born).His first wife Annie died in 1935 but he remarried in 1937 to Elsie Foster.I was very interested in your comment and wondered if you could advise me on how to continue my search or if you have come across my Grandad in your research.Although I never knew my Grandad I am very proud of him and what he stood for.I would appreciate any help you or any one else can give me.

Date:
10-Nov-2015

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pcbobby125@yahoo.co.uk

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