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POLICE BOXES IN GLASGOW

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CATHEDRAL SQUARE
POLICE BOX

Located near the majestic Glasgow Cathedral and The Provand’s Lordship, this box is a distinctive landmark and an integral part of the streetscape.

The box was listed as a B grade building in 2008 and is the oldest police box in Glasgow. In 1933 it was built and situated in Cathedral Square and later relocated in the current place at the other side of the footpath.

Although the box was initially red, it was painted blue years ago. At the moment of the publication of this award (November 2016), it was being used as a coffee kiosk named ´Piecebox Coffee & Sandwich´.

Oldest police box in Glasgow.

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BOTANIC GARDENS
POLICE BOX

Situated at the Northwest corner of the junction of Great Western Road and Queen Margaret Drive, at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens, the police box was put into service in November 1933, just one month after the one in Cathedral Square.

It was attached to the F.D Maryhill, Police Divisional Headquarters. It has never been moved from the current location and has been placed on the B listed building since 1995.

At the moment of the publication of this award (November 2016), it was open as a coffee shop named ´Coffee in the Box´ and had a selection of gluten-free baked goods.

Never been moved.

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WILSON STREET
POLICE BOX

Built in the 1930s decade, this police box was put into service on 24th January 1938 and it was attached to the A.D – Turnbull Street, Police Divisional Headquarters.

This Police Box – located on Wilson Street near its junction with Glassford Street – retained its original red colour until 2009, when it was refurbished and repainted to the familiar blue of the Doctor’s Tardis.

In 2010 the box was moved from a traffic island to the pavement’s side of the same street. Brew Box Coffee Company is currently managing this grade B listed building as a wee coffee & food kiosk.

Red colour until 2009.

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Finalists

Fourth finalist
SAUCHIEHALL ST. POLICE BOX

Glasgow Police Box

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Fifth finalist
BUCHANAN STREET POLICE BOX

Glasgow Police Box

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Sixth finalist
LONDON ROAD POLICE BOX

Glasgow Police Box

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Seventh finalist
ST ENOCH SQ. POLICE BOX

Glasgow Police Box

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Cool Facts

The Quote Greatest Glasgow Awards. Neil Richard Gaiman quote about police boxes

No, look, there’s a blue box. It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it’s meant to go. And when it turns up, there’s a bloke in it called The Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed cos he’s awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch ‘Blink’.

Neil Richard Gaiman. English author of short fiction and comic books (1960-).

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In the decade of the 1930s, there were 323 police boxes throughout Glasgow streets, one for every six police officers.

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Map of the Police Boxes in Glasgow

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Police Boxes

A police box was a kiosk located in a public place where the public could use the phone to contact a police in an emergency, and a miniature police station for the police officers. In addition to a telephone, they contained equipment such as a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a light on top of the box that would flash to alert an officer that he was requested to contact the station.

The known rectangular type – MK2, designed by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench – was introduced in Glasgow during the 1930s. These boxes were usually blue, with the exception of Glasgow, where they were red because they were maintained by the Post Office. Sadly, most of them were repainted blue in the late 1960s due to the popularity of the Tardis (the space-time machine vehicle with the shape of a police box in the famous Doctor Who British science-fiction television programme).

They played an important role in the police work until the late 1960s with the arrival of the portable transistor, which made the police boxes become obsolete. In 1994 it was decided that the remaining Glasgow police boxes should be removed. However, some of theme were retained and are today a part of Glasgow’s architectural heritage.

The existing ones are not functioning as police boxes. Some lucky ones are now being used as urban decorative elements or small coffee shops.

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SAUCHIEHALL POLICE BOX

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CATHEDRAL SQUARE POLICE BOX

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Technical Criteria

Research led by SUZANNAH HENDERSON ׀

Date of the Research: 18 – 7 NOVEMBER 2016 ׀

Publication date: 15 NOVEMBER 2016

Review date: 15 NOVEMBER 2017

Scope of the research & essential inclusion criteria:

Currently, the police box exists.
The police box is still placed in a public place in Greater Glasgow.

Third Stage: Premium+ & Premium Validation criteria:


1 Current use.
2 Long-Standing.
3 Surrounding area.
4 The police box is innovative or unusual

5 Difficulty of being seen at day.
6 Difficulty of being seen at night.
7 Category B listed building.
8 Other features.

9 Concrete construction & teak door conditions.
10 Located in its original place.
11 Interior conditions.
12 Police box signs preservation and condition.

13 Windows preservation and conditions.
14 Top light preservation and conditions.
15 Roof condition.
16 Concrete foundation condition.

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