Bow Street Police Station

I was surprised to spot that Bow Street Police Station is no more – in fact, was shut down in 2006.   Surprised because it was the home of the Bow Street Runners, London’s first police force, founded by Henry Fielding, the author of Tom Jones, in 1749.   They worked out of his office at 4, Bow Street.   It’s quite a fine building, designed by Sir John Taylor of the Office of Works in the neoclassical tradition of Cockerell and Pennethorne, now to be (apparently) a boutique hotel:

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