On the 23rd November 1963 the traditional
Police Telephone Box, which stood on many street corners at that time, suddenly
became something much more interesting. Especially for the children of the day
and probably to the dismay of many Police Officers.
For the humble
Police Box had been transformed into a TARDIS, (Time and Relative Dimensions in
Space). The special machine Doctor Who used to travel anywhere in Time and
Space. A Time and Space craft that was infinitely large on the inside but
disguised as a humble Police Box on the outside.
Unfortunately with the
advance of new technology, within six years of the TARDIS materializing on our
screens, the Police Box had become obsolete and by 1970 most had been removed
from our streets.
It was in Newcastle, 1929, that the first Police Box
of the design we know and love was first introduced. They soon spread, and by
the mid 1950's there were nearly 700 of them in London alone. Glasgow had the
next largest network with some 300 boxes.
Today only four remain on the
streets of Glasgow. Two of which are now listed buildings and another has been
converted into a Coffee Take-away.
In 1996 a brand new box was unveiled
in London outside Earl's Court Tube station, as part of a joint safety project
between London Underground and the Metropolitan Police.
Other boxes have
survived around the country, most are in museums, one is at the National
Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire. A replica box can be seen outside Wetherby
Police station in Yorkshire.
For more information and a fascinating
history of the Police Box you can't do better than read "The Police Signal Box:
A 100 Year History" by Robert W. Stewart. It's on-line, so click
here to read it. Or
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