It is hard to believe that
these two pictures of the railway viaduct were taken about 100 years
The building on the left is 'Peel House' and was one of the
first police stations in Surrey. It dates to the 1850's (Surrey's
police force had been founded in 1851). I understand that the
building had initially been a single storey lock-up but was extended
upwards to provide accommodation.
0n speaking to my Mother the other evening on the telephone,
we were talking about Bagshot and its history - we lived in Bagshot for
most of our lives, indeed I was born there in Bagshot Nurseing Home on
the A30. She relayed this little story to me. Apparently back in the
1800's her grandmother used to live in Peel House (named after Robert
Peel, the founder of the Police force). As a young girl, her
grandmother would play in the unattended cells and sometimes sleep in
them with her friends. My mother believes her grandmother's parents
were the first 'occupiers' of Peel House as the husband was a 'Peeler'
to the area. [Jan 14]
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