Southampton Police

The Early Days of Policing in Southampton

Bargate – South Elevation

Jim Brown writes:

Whilst researching for my latest murder victims book I came across a plan and elevation of the Bargate, showing exactly where the police offices were located. They are in one of my old reference books and I had forgotten I had them. Thought they would be of interest.

The offices were on the south face of the Bargate, on the west side, with the entrance adjacent to the small arched passage. Their stairs led direct to the Guildhall, at the top, where the courts were held, including the assize in the very early days. Click to enlarge.

Bargate plan with police station

Bargate Plan 1889

Brief history. For detailed information see the following book:

The Southampton Police Force 1836 – 1956 by Anne Cookes

2009 – Available at Southampton Civic Centre
Southampton papers No. 8 (1972)

Southampton City Archives who hold the following records:

Police Force: minutes from 1902; Chief Constable`s records; personnel including registers of service 1861 to 1966; records of occurrence 1923 to 1960s; charge registers 1893 to 1960s; committals to Quarter Sessions and Assizes 1876 to 1942; hackney carriages; brewster sessions; war emergency

SOUTHAMPTON BOROUGH POLICE

ROLL OF HONOUR

(1939-1945)

The Southampton Borough Police Roll of Honour is dedicated to those members of the Constabulary who lost their lives during the war (1939-1945) and those who served in the Armed Forces.

The Roll of Honour was unveiled on Friday the 2nd of December 1949 by the Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Alderman P.W. BLANCHARD, M.B.E., J.P., and was dedicated by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Reverend A.C. VODDEN. The unveiling and the dedication took place in the foyer of the Southampton Magistrates’ Court and the Roll of Honour remained there earlier this year.

The Roll of Honours measures approximately six feet by four feet and is a most impressive piece of art work, which was designed and executed by P.C. BODGER.

Over the years, the Roll of Honour has deteriorated somewhat, and in fact the names of those killed while serving in Her Majesty’s Forces, or while on duty in Southampton, had all but disappeared. The border of the Roll of Honour was made up of laurel leaves and the badges of various regiments, corps. and divisions and where the colours included red or maroon, it could be seen that they had also deteriorated rather badly.

The glass was covered In a thick film of nicotine and to put it as delicately as possible, it must be said that the Roll of Honour was in an inappropriate setting. By no stretch of the imagination could anyone ever believe that it was appreciated by those who sat under it every day. The brass plaque, commemorating the unveiling and dedication had been stolen many years ago.

Something had to be done to save what is, without doubt, the most important document of the Southampton Borough Police. Southampton City Council and the Magistrates’ Clerk were approached with a view to removing the Roll of Honour to a more appropriate place and that application met with their wholehearted support.

The Roll of Honour has now been removed and is now in the process of being refurbished and re-framed by the Salvation Army, who have a workshop in Oxford Street.

The Committee of the Southampton Police Club were approached and they agreed, very enthusiastically, to pay for the refurbishment and re-framing of the Roll of Honour. The method of raising money would be discussed at a later date!

Discussions took place to try to find a more appropriate setting for the Roll of Honour and it was unanimously decided that it should be relocated at the Training School at Netley. Many people felt a certain amount of sadness that the Roll of Honour should leave Southampton, but there really is nowhere in the city for it to be hung where, firstly, it would be appreciated y all those who see it, and secondly, it would be available for those who appear on the Roll, their widows and families to inspect at anytime. By placing the Roll of Honour at Netley, it will be on view to every Officer in this Force and indeed, to every Officer who joins for many years to. come.

The Chief Constable has very kindly agreed to unveil the Roll of Honour after the Annual General Meeting of the Comrades Association, which will take place at 1100 am. on Saturday the 2nd of June, 1990. The Force Chaplain, the Reverend Mike Standford will rededicate the Roll and it is hoped that the Police Band will be present to play the hymns which were sung at the original dedication. Those hymns are: “0 God Our Help in Ages Past” and “Now Thank We All Our God.”

It needs to be said that the enthusiasm which has been shown towards this task, has been quite over-whelming. I need to mention the staff at the Salvation Army, the Staff of the City Council, the Staff at the Army Recruiting Office at Southampton, for their part in researching the design of the badges and insignia, and of course the members of the Committee of Southampton Police Club.

All of this was made even more worthwhile when I received a letter from a Police widow, telling me how sad she was to see the state of the Roll of Honour and that she considered how inappropriate the setting was in the Magistrates’ Courts Foyer. It gave me the greatest delight to write and tell her that not only did I agree with those sentiments, but that the work was already in hand.

We are now faced with the task of contacting as many pensioners, widows and families of those persons whose names appear on this very proud and very beautiful Roll of Honour.

P.W. DONNELLAN
Superintendent
June 1990

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY BOROUGH POLICE

ROLL OF HONOUR

(1939-1945)
Killed In Action
Robert WATTS

Killed On Active Service
Douglas NICHOLLS

Died On Active Service
Edward GREEN

Killed By Enemy Action
Frederick TUPPER

THE FOLLOWING SERVED IN
HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES

Betram ADAMS, Harry ANCILL, Michael AUSTIN,
Dennis BARRETT, Frank BELL, Roy BELLINGER,
Robert BOND, Edward BOOTH, John BRAY, James
BROOKS, Samuel BROOKS, Norman BROWN, Peter
BROWN, Hubert GARSWELL, Jack CAWDREY, Jack
CHALKE, Norman CHALK, James CHAMBERS,
Robert CHANNON, Roy CLARKE, Frederick
COOKE, Frank BROWNE, Dennis COOPER, Robert
CRATES, Maurice CROAD, Norman GULLY, Henry
DARNEY, Frank DONOGHUE, Francis DREW, Leslie
DUFFIN, Norman EDMONDS, Eric FLOYD, Ronald
FOX, Cyril FRAZER, Edger FRIGHT, Victor GLOVER,
Roland GRANT, Bernard GREEN, William GWINN,
Sidney HALE, John HAKIN, Percy HANKIN, John
ADDIS, Jack HOLLAND, Jack HANLEY, Geoffrey
HAYES, James HITCHCOCK, Alan HODGKINSON,
Stanley HOLMES, John HOSKINS, Cyril HOYJARTH,
Nelson HUGGETT, Ronald HUGHES, Ian JACKSON,
Ivan JACKSON, Albert JEAN, Frank KINCHINION,
Robert LAMB, Frederick LOCK, Derek LONG,
Kenneth LONG, George MANSELL, Robert
MASTERS, George McALLEN, Gordon MEACHER,
Tony SAUNDERS, Don McDERMOTT Cyril MARTIN,
Joseph MOLLOv’, Ronald MORRELL, Leonard NATT,
Maurice NICOL, John NOBLE, Robert NOYCE, Hugh
O’CONNOR, John O’CONNOR, Arthur OFFER,
David OXFORD, John PARRIS, Leonard PAYNE,
Minden PLUMLEY, William PRITCHARD, Brian
QUINN, Harold RATTEY, John RUFFLE, Gordon
SCOREY, Brian THORNE, D. SCOTT-HERRIDGE,
Peter SHERWOOD, Archibald SIBLEY. Peter SIBLEY,
Leonard SMITH, Ronald STREET, John TALBOT,
Leslie TARRY, Edmund TEBBUTT, Robin
THOMPSON, Sidney TRIM, William TURNER,
Ernest WALKER, Kenneth WALL, John WALLACE,
Wilfred WEEKS, Harold WELLS, Peter WHATFORD,
Ivor WHITFORD, Ray WHYMAN, Frederick WILLIAMS.

DECORATED OR COMMANDED BY
HIS MAJESTY THE KING
FOR GALLANTRY DURING AIR RAIDS

John FURLONG, Percival CHATFIELD,
Frederick LOCK, Edward STACEY, James CHAMBERS,
William HEWITT, Victor WHITE, Leonard NATT, Stanley
DUNN, Richard HOLDSWORTH, George STOCKER,
Sidney TRIM, Arthur CLEVERLEY, Henry WELLS

See Also In Memoriam page

Southampton City Cadets march to Sunday Church Service 1960s
The street scene at St Mary’s in the background is unrecognisable today

City Cadets under instruction in the art of motorcycle mechanics, from Insp. Fred Cleverly.
This training was part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Ken Saunders is in the middle and supplied these photographs.
He says, “We were keen to learn as we were all young motorcyclists in those days.”

Southampton Police stand at the Guildhall in the early 60s shows:

left to right: PC Eric Fielder, dog handler; Sgt Fred Wallace; Cadet Keith White;
DC Jim Brown, Insp George Mansell.

The Bargate, Southampton

The old Southampton Central Police Station occupied the
gap on the left where the road now runs

This photograph comes from a web site entitled, ‘Hampshire Cam’
Highly recommended for excellent photographs of Hampshire, which are added to regularly

Southampton Civic Centre police station web cam – courtesy of BBC TV (South)