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In 1856, some 13 years after the date of the proposed Presteigne "Lock-up" of 1843, standard designs for police houses in country areas throughout Britain were sent out.

There were different layouts to suit the numbers and ranks of police who would be staying in them. All the designs included secure cells to lock up prisoners.


Plan view of rural police house

The plan view shown here is a design for one of the small rural police stations on two floors, taken from the guide "..for the construction of station houses for rural constabulary", dated 1856.

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