Stalybridge Police Station

Stalybridge Police Station – 1970s

Stalybridge Police Station, Corporation Street, Stalybridge

From a quick Google around I understand that this particular police station was built in 1968 and the police ceased to use it in 2005 (S.Valentine 2012).¬†Obviously an area the size of Stalybridge, with the number of pubs it had back in 2005, didn’t need a police station….

The former police station looks very different now; derelict and vandalized with the majority of the windows boarded up or smashed, BUT hope is in sight of a new beginning for the building. Planning permission has been granted for conversion to flats, hopefully nice ones as the building is within the conservation area and, although you can’t see it, it backs on to the river Tame.

What I haven’t managed to find out is; where was the previous police station? Did they have one? Or was it previously in the Town Hall?

6 thoughts on “Stalybridge Police Station

  1. Glen Warburton October 31, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Hi the old police station use to be at the bottom of quarry rise it is now flats / houses but it was a pub with the names the barge and the old name was the stone jug -which in another name for police station
    about 10-15 years ago when workmen were clearing out the canal over the road opposite they found old sets of hand cuffs and other police type stuff

    • Stephanie November 1, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Hi Thanks for your comment; I didn’t know that. I’ve walked past The Stone Jug lots of times.

  2. Ian Bradbury November 3, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I can’t confirm that a building on High Street near Quarry Street was/wasn’t a Police Station, but the main Police Station for Stalybridge (originally Stalybridge Borough Police, then absorbed by Cheshire Constabulary post WW2) was in part of the Town Hall complex, accessed from Stamford Street. I think there was also a Magistrates’ Court in the same building – a short trip from the Cells to the Bench!

    The front door to the Police Station was roughly opposite where Dawson’s Estate Agents is now. I can recall going in with my Grandad to hand in a wallet he’d found in the Bus Station; that would have been around 1967 or so.

    There was also the Fire Station nearby on Waterloo Road, with an “air raid” siren on top that was used to summon the retained/off duty firemen for duty until the 1970s – a great thrill to a 4 or 5 year old stood waiting in the Bus Station opposite. What I would like to know is – was there an Ambulance Station in the 1960s and 1970s? Until 1974 it would have been Cheshire County Ambulance Service, but I can’t recall seeing any ambulances parked up or rushing through Stalybridge, bells whirring; perhaps even then we depended on Ambulances from Dewsnap Lane Dukinfield.

    • Stephanie November 4, 2016 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Ian, that makes sense having the main police station in the town centre, and the closure of the town hall ties in with the building of the new police station, possible that the Stone Jug covered the Stanley Square area. I have pictures of the old fire station and often confuse my kids calling the steps from Stamford Street to the bus station the Fire Station Steps. To my children the fire station is next to the train station and always has been. My boy used to love fire engines when he was small and we have spent a lot of time at the fire station. I’ve no old pictures of ambulances or an ambulance station in Stalybridge. I wonder if anyone else has…

      • mark pass February 1, 2018 / 10:43 pm

        Stalybridge police station was indeed in the old town hall. I remember a tour of the place as a child, about 1968. Prior to that Stalybridge Borough Police operated from a large stone-built building opposite the top of the fire station steps, which became a nursing home many years ago.
        the barge pub, known locally as the stone jug, was not a police station. It was the adjoining building that the police used as a ‘lock up’.
        It was opposite the mass of mills that lined the canal which were manned mainly by Scots and Irish immigrant workers who enjoyed a drink after work!
        I remember, as a young feller, in the early 60’s, watching ‘clog fights’ outside the pub on bayley street.
        More than half of my old school mates were from an Irish background (including me)

    • Ron Bostock December 3, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      The Ambulances were at the same site as the Fire Station you mentioned in about 1962. My dad suffered with a bad chest and after a session in the Boars Head he used to call in and his mate who used to work there would give him a blast of oxygen to get him up the steps.

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