NS5965 : Buchanan Street police box

taken 7 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Buchanan Street police box
Buchanan Street police box
A popular landmark in the city centre which has seen various uses over the years.
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 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.

People Make Glasgow

"People Make Glasgow" is the city's latest promotion campaign. In the days and weeks leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the campaign slogan has been popping up at various prominent locations in and around the city centre.

Here is an extract from the campaign web site LinkExternal link ...

"Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) is the official destination marketing organisation (DMO) for the city of Glasgow.
As a public / private organisation established by Glasgow City Council in 2005, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's role is to communicate Glasgow's reputation as a world-class city in which to live, work, study, invest and visit.
As custodian of the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau works with numerous partners, stakeholders and businesses to position and promote Glasgow across national and international markets as one of Europe's most vibrant, dynamic and diverse cities.
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is engaged in a wide-range of activity aimed at delivering economic and social benefits for Glasgow through leisure and business tourism. This activity comprises:
Development and implementation of the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW city brand
Strategic destination marketing communications campaigns across key target markets
Bidding for, attracting and managing high-profile major events, conventions and exhibitions
Responsibility for conference and event accommodation bookings
- See more at: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Police Post 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5902 6533 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6286N 4:15.2444W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5901 6531
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