Where To Find A Policeman (1879)

The ever-entertaining Transpontine has a marvellous snippet from Charles Dickens(Jnr)’s Dictionary of London which lists “fixed points where police constable is to be permanently stationed from 9 to 1 am. In the event of any person springing a rattle, or persistently ringing a bell in the street or in an area, the police will at once proceed to the spot and render assistance…”

I won’t reinvent the wheel here by relisting all of Transpontine’s hard graft – but don’t you just love the idea of ‘springing a rattle’ or ‘persistently ringing a bell’ around St Alfege’s Church at 1.00am of a Sunday morning and enjoying the permanently-stationed bobbie’s rendered assistance..?


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