Portsbridge Police Box

Although not a Police Station in the strict sense of the word, mention must be made of that well known structure – the Portsbridge Police Box.

On the 23rd December 1930, arising from a discussion, it was resolved that the Chief Constable be authorised to have a Police Box, with a telephone, erected at Portsbridge and that the Parks Committee be asked to consent to the Box being erected on their land.

Permission appears to have been granted, as on the 24th November 1931, it was resolved that an ordinary Post Office line be installed at the newly erected Portsbridge Police Box, with a dialling instrument. The Chief Constable stated that he would have a man permanently posted near the box.

Like many other important buildings, during the Second World War, the Portsbridge Police Box was protected by sandbags.

Although the Box survived the war, it sadly, did not survive progress. It, along with the single carriageway of the old A3 Portsmouth to London Road, was demolished and now the road from Portsmouth over Portsbridge Creek, is a three lane carriageway, in and out of Portsmouth, travelling around a large round-about, part of its unique make-up is the sea itself.

On the 3rd March 1942, the Chief Constable submitted a sketch of a proposed Police Box, which he suggested should be erected on land at the junction of Eastern Road and Havant Road, Farlington. The matter was left to the Chairman, Vice Chairman and one member to deal with. The price not to exceed £100. Resolved that they also visit sites at “The George Inn” at the top of Portsdown Hill and at Portchester, near the City boundary, where the Chief Constable recommended other Police Boxes should be erected.