A Garden Find

Thanks to Ellie Lyle

On 31st May 2020 while digging in her new garden in Oaklands Road Mangotsfield, Ellie found the helmet plate pictured.

She contacted us and we were able to tell her that at one stage her house had been a police house belonging to Gloucestershire Constabulary. This was before the boundary changes on 1974 that led  the transfer of Staple Hill Division to Avon and Somerset Police.   The helmet plate was of the type in use between 1902 and 1937. We are working hard to find out who may have lived in the house and lost their badge which originally would have looked like this.

Black helmet Plate 1902-1936
(Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 6114)


Looking at the voters registers for Thornbury between 1934 and 1939 the police officer who lived there then was Police Constable 326 Lawson John Davies Archer with his wife Elsie. It was during this time that the  helmet plates were changed and so we think that it may have belonged to him.

This page was added on 03/06/2020.

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