UK - Police and ARP.

This page contains (and/or will contain) Details of UK and occasionally other Police, Police Boxes, Uniforms and Cars (I have just made a few drawings of Police cars and added them to the Police Cars page).

First some details of the UK system of Police Boxes both with and without telephones from 1810 to 2014.

UK - Police and ARP Call Boxes and Post.


The style and colour as well as the size of Police boxes is not standardized and changes quite a lot.

So to help judge the size, I try to include a policeman in the typical uniform for the area and time the boxes were first introduced next to each drawing.

Also the colour of the Alert Lamp on the top of boxes (and indeed the lanterns in front of Police Stations) was not fixed, so in some places it was Red, Some Green, Some just White or Yellow. The Film with Jack Warner from 1950 called The Blue Lamp, set the public expectations that Police facilities could be recognised by their Blue coloured lanterns, and a slow migration to Blue lights followed not only in the UK, but also in many other countries as well.

Police boxes were introduced as mini police stations for the officers on the beat to start, end and hand over their shifts, for shelter and breaks, and to make reports. Before the telephone was invented, Glasgow Police had portable telegraph key to plug in and send their reports in or get instructions in morse on the Buzzer. Later the Police boxes had a telephone to get instructions and to phone in information or pass on news was also provided. Later an external telephone (usually accessible through an outer door) for the use of the Public, to report crime, ask for advice or for ambulance and Fire services, was added.

In the days before widespread deployment of Telephone kiosk and before the 999 number was invented, this was often the only way to get help. When the local bobby was out and about, his attention that the station wanted to talk to him, or that a citizen had made contact to the station and might be waiting for him, was signalled by a lamp on the roof or suspended on wires over the middle of the street where it could best be seen at a distance. Some of the many different styles can be found on the pages of this site.

Recent updates to the Police Boxes:

Due to the size of the Police Boxes by Town page, and that I had added too much for a normal page loading, I have now split the “Police Boxes by Town” page into two, and will later split it further, maybe into four or five sections.


NEW PAGE with some details about Gilbert MacKenzie Trench. Do not worry if you don’t know the name, then you don’t need to. But occasionally you will find the three initials MKT used in relationship with the London and Glasgow (Dr. Who) style boxes.

From the new MacKenzie-Trench page, there is another (not shown in the Menu on the left) to a Box that is not actually a Police Box, but may have been the inspiration to MKT for his iconic design.

I have made a new page for WW2 boxes and moved those in the “Police-boxes by Town” pages to it.

I have updated part of the London Metropolitan Police MKT box story, as well as the Newcastle connection.

Also added surprising evidence to support Newcastle’s claim that they were the first force in England to use modern Police boxes with telephones and remote controlled “Alert lamps” as well as Newcastle’s use of LMP Pillars and some info about their Victorian Lock-ups...

Birchington-on-Sea and Faversham Police boxes added. Identical in appearance and made by the same company, the Birchington one was made in Cast-iron and the Faversham one in Concrete.

Some details of the early Women Police Constables (WPC’s) and also of the Suffragette’s and women’s rights movements... (In the Brighton Section) and also in Brighton some new brick boxes. Also an Eastbourne variation of the Brighton wartime boxes added...

Some drawings and pictures of the Crayford Bridge boxes in Crayford, Bexleyheath, added.

Two Drawings of Glasgow’s 2005 Stainless-steel new Police Box added.

A Drawing of the London Bridges (Traffic Control and Monitoring, and up to 1877 Toll collection) 1840’s Police “Octagonal” box added.

A Drawing of the London Docks (Thames River Police) 1810’s Police “Octagonal” box added.

Drawing of the Liverpool Docks (Liverpool River Police) 1800’s Police “huts” and “Octagonal” boxes added.

A Drawing of the 1835 typical GWR Police “hut” and a lot of information about the Original Police (Railway and River Police) and their duties added.

Drawings of the South-Shield, Sunderland and Scarborough “Tapered” Police Box added and another Drawing of the Scarborough one converted into a BBC Monster.

A Drawing of the Plymouth St. Budeaux Square Box added.


To save having to scroll back up to the top of the page, use the title and picture below (Clickable links) to go to the next page...

Click the title (Between the stripes) or picture under them to go to the next page

UK - Police and ARP Call Boxes and Post
(Alphabetical by Town or City)


There is also another site (not one of mine, but set up by a nice gentleman called Trevor) called with photos and details of the locations of many still existing Police Boxes in the UK. Click the Banner below to go to it.

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An Apology and Warning:

First a Dire Warning to anyone visiting this website....

Sometimes I get it wrong….

The full story and details of “What, Why, Where!” can be read on the
Egg on Face page...

Also details of new additions and changes recently made, can also be read on the Main (Entry) page...

So having given out the “Government Health Warning” lets get on with the pages and the story of the Police Boxes...

NOTE: Nothing on these pages is for sale. - Please do not ask!

Diese Seiten haben grundsätzlich die Beschränkung, daß sie keinen gewünschten Käuferkreis und zwar ABSOLUT KEINEN, weder privaten, gewerblichen oder nicht-gewerblichen wie Behörden ansprechen, da sie rein privat und nicht zum Zwecke von Werbung oder geldbringenden Angeboten oder Leistungen dienen. OLG Hamm (Urteil vom 28.02.2008, Az.: 4 U 196/07); dieses sagt; ist "zu fordern, daß diese Beschränkung für die Parteien, sprich für die Erwerber transparent und klar sein muß".