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Report - Rochford Police Station - Essex - Sept 2014

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  1. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    History

    Rochford police station was designed by influential Essex architect Frank Whitemore (1844 - 1920) who designed many long standing buildings across the county. The station was built in 1914 in an Edwardian Baroque style and was Whitmore’s final project before retiring as County Architect in 1914.

    With the arrival of WW2 the local RAF airbase (which is now Southend Airport) became a regular target for Luftwaffe bombing raids with the German bombers using the police station as a landmark to line up their bombing runs on the airfield. On one occasion, upon their return to base, one of the German gunners decided on some impromptu gunning practice and shot up the back of the station leaving several large bullet holes in the brickwork which still remain today.

    The station was originally flanked on each side by a small house for an Inspector and the other for a Sergeant however they remained empty for some time and were consequently knocked though into the main building creating room for 19 sub divisional officers to be stationed there. Later on the six-strong Westcliff dog section was also moved in aswell as a further nine officers who made up the local burglary squad.

    Originally the station supported two tiny cells in the basement but these were later redesigned into a boiler room, most likely due to the cells not complying with improved human rights regulations. The new cells were later also re-assigned for other purposes and detainees would likely be held in nearby neighboring stations.

    With the advent of significant budget cuts it was decided that several smaller police stations across the Essex area would be closed down or amalgamated into the larger stations with the empty buildings being sold off in an effort to make savings of around £41 million per annum, one of which being Rochford.

    Rochford station closed its front counter to the public on 28th November 2011 and closed completely as a functioning police station on 31st March of 2013 and is currently on the market for sale.


    The Explore

    A solo visit. I had passed by a week or so earlier and despite the building itself generally looking pristine I noticed a couple of boarded up windows. Not having time on the day I made a mental note-to-self to check it out sometime.

    A couple of weeks later, with an unexpected free afternoon and twiddling my thumbs, I decided to take a better look the scope it out.

    Being a police station I didn’t expect much joy but, to my surprise, my luck was in on the day! My immediate goal was finding the cells but, as I found out later when researching the history, these had long since been reassigned for other purposes. I found the cellar where the original cells were located (now a boiler room) but it was flooded with about a half foot of water and full of asbestos so didn’t get spend much time down there. It was certainly a creepy little place though. The rest of the building itself is lovely, in pretty good condition with the lights still on throughout most of it with plenty of interesting bits and pieces left behind. Rather than lots of pictures of empty office rooms I have tried to concentrate more on the details, hope you enjoy!

    1. Rochford Police Station – Front

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    2. Opening Hours

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    3. Police Tape

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    4. Locker Room

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    5. Wheelchair In Locker Room – Maybe Joe from Family Guy worked here?

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    6. Essex Police Storage Chest

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    7. Bomb & Fire Orders

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    8. Master Tape Record Book

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    9. Officers Aide Memoire
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    9. Station CCTV Controls

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    10. Back Office

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    11. Stairs

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    12. Rest Room Door

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    12. Rest Room

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    13. Shoe Shine Box

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    14. Store Room

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    15. Cordon Control Kit

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    16. Stairwell

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    17. “Doors Locked” Sticker

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    17. “28”

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    18. Basement / Boiler Room Stairs – Previously the original old cells

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    19. Secure Box

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    20. Rayleigh Division Area Map

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    21. File Holder

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    22. Dog Unit Store Room

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    23. Dog Unit Pin Board

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    24. Dog Unit Kennels – Thankfully Fido wasn’t home…

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    25. Garages and officer’s accomodation from the main building, sadly couldn’t access these.

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    26. Operation Broadsword?

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    Hope you enjoyed :thumb
     
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  2. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks mate!

    Congrats on your well earned promotion by the way, nicely done! :thumb
     
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    Looks good, nice work :)
     
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    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Ah wow! I'll have to get down there :D nice report mate!
     
  5. krissigalores

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    Great stuff. So much stuff left behind... Crazy. Surprised there wasn't someone in there hah.
     
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    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks mate!

    Thanks mate, give me a shout if you're ever in the neighbourhood :thumb

    It was pretty tidy in there and was nice not to have to deal with pigeons and general derpyness for a change :D
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones :thumb

    Deffo' worth a mooch even without the Pigeons :)

    Ironically I have a Police building that's recently shut less than 200 yds from my house, with more active cameras and alarms than most Banks in WAkefield ......but then again we do breed Metal Fairies in Wakey so that probably explains a lot :eek:
     
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    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks :thumb

    Haha, bloody metal fairies. :D This place was plastered with CCTV camera's too but thankfully they didn't seem to cause any bother.

    Cheers dude! :thumb
     
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    Nice report and photos mate, shame I couldn't accompany you on this one.
     
  11. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks bud

    Yeah, wasn't quite the same exploring solo. There's always the chance of a return visit :thumb
     
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    Defo mate, bring Mr Slayaaaa as well to climb the officer’s accomodation! :D
     
  13. slayaaaa

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    I am definitely up for that! :thumb
     
  14. Will Knot

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    Yes to that, nice report and great pics, thanks for postin' :thumb
     
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    Good report and some nice photo's BS84

    You beat me to it. Are you local?
     
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