NS5965 : Converted police box

taken 11 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Converted police box
Converted police box
In Buchanan Street pedestrian precint. Currently a coffee stall, this box has seen several uses since it was last used as a police box.
Glasgow Police Boxes
Most of the following information is based on an extract from the Historic Scotland web site LinkExternal link dedicated to the Cathedral Square police box.

This style of police box was designed by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench (1885-1979), principal Architect and Surveyor to the Metropolitan Police. His design, drawing references from the Classical tradition, is simple, functional and refined. Each box was intended to serve as a `miniature police station' for officers on the beat with telephone, incident book, fire extinguisher and first-aid kit inside. The instantly recognisable box also acted as a focal point where the public could make enquiries and obtain assistance in cases of urgency. The official objectives of the Police Box system included 'communicating information to or from the station' and 'preparing reports on occurrences'.

There are only four surviving on the streets of Glasgow and these are understood to be the last of the thousands that were installed on the streets of Britain between 1932 and 1938. There was another on display in the former Glasgow museum of Transport which closed in 2011. This box is presumably now in storage. Another can be found at Crich Tramway Village LinkExternal link .

The police boxes contribute to our understanding of social history and also serve as a reminder of the advances made in police communications during the early to mid 20th century. Glasgow had the highest ratio of boxes to police officers in the UK. 323 police boxes were constructed in the city between 1932 and 1938.

The Glasgow boxes were painted red until the late 1960s, after which they were sometimes painted blue like their English counterparts. The Wilson Street was red until at least 2009, but is now blue.

At the time of writing in November 2013 the Buchanan street box was fenced off and looking abandoned and slightly dilapidated. Hopefully the box is being renovated and this is a temporary situation. This box has seen many commercial uses over the years.

This type of police box is internationally recognized through its pop-cultural association with the TARDIS from the BBC television programme Dr Who LinkExternal link . The BBC successfully registered the design of the box as a trademark in 2002, in the face of opposition from the Metropolitan Police.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 March, 2007   (more nearby)
Saturday, 17 March, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 590 653 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6124N 4:15.2435W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 590 652
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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