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Sunderland, Kayll Road/Hylton Road, police box




Telecommunication Structure

Police Box



Documentary Evidence

Sunderland Borough Police introduced police boxes in 1920. They were designed by Chief Constable Frederick James Crawley of Newcastle. The first Sunderland boxes were placed along tram routes. There was one built into the brickwork of the curved wall on the corner of Kayll Road and Hylton Road. They were like the Newcastle boxes, four foot square, painted green, with two small square 6-light windows at the top of all four sides and a pitched black felt roof. They contained a small desk, a stool. Some were lit by electric, others had gas lamps. The telephone and first aid kit were in a compartment on the outside. The boxes were made by the carpentry shop in Binns of Newcastle for just under £13 each. In the mid 1930s the Sunderland boxes were painted blue. From 1935 a new type of police box was introduced in Sunderland and South Shields. These were similar to the Scarborough 'helter skelter' shaped boxes. The first ones were painted in the local Corporation colours (green and red) but later ones were painted light blue and cream.




Petra Caroline [Henderson]'s Police and Police Boxes Virtual Telephone Museum, Sunderland Borough Police Box (1920) and Sunderland and South Shields Police Box 1935,; Immanuel Burton, 2006, A Brief History of the Police Box, November 2006 newsletter of the Construction History Society,; Decentralization and the Police Box System by Frederick James Crawley, Chief Constable of Newcastle upon Tyne, The Police Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, January 1928; Peter Darrington, 2005, A History of the British Police Telephone Kiosk

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