Another Garden Find

Thanks to Venish Bansal-Ray and Geoff Bridgman


While digging in her new garden in Mapstone Close Hambrook , Venish found the helmet plate pictured.


She contacted us and we were able to tell her that at one stage her house and the house next door had been police houses belonging to Gloucestershire Constabulary. This was before the boundary changes in 1974 that led  the transfer of Staple Hill Division to Avon and Somerset Police.  The helmet plate was of the type in use between 1953 and 1974. 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 from reign of Elizabeth II with queens crown 1953-79.
(Gloucestershire Police Archives URN 6119)


We found the original site plans.

Looking at the voters registers for the time we found that the following officers lived there from the time that the houses were built around 1956 until 1974 when it became part of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.                            


1958 Campbell Willett

1961-62 Derek F Atkins

1961-65 James C Watts

1963 Kenneth Edwards

1965-66 Derek Bullock

1966-7 Francis Thomas

1968-9 Clive A Ingle

1968-74 Paul B Waters

1970-72 David Tombs

1973-4 Michael C Manns


We would love to have any other information or photographs to add to the little we know already and will pass it on to Venish.











This page was added on 12/10/2020.

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