27th March 2019 11.30 am. "‘Policing the Thames" : Robert Jeffries'

  • John Burns, the trade unionist once famously said of London’s river "Every drop is liquid history". In 1798 a newly formed body of police officers brought much needed law and order to that most historic of rivers. The Thames River Police was the first policing body ever to be set up. Its sole objective was the prevention and detection of crime on the Thames and it was to become the forerunner of many other police forces throughout the world. The Thames Police Office initiated by Harriott and Colquhoun in 1798 was eventually absorbed into London's Metropolitan Police in 1839 and became known as Thames Division. For over two hundred years the division’s launches and officers have been at the forefront in saving lives and protecting property on the Thames.

  • Robert Jeffries is the curator of the Thames Police Museum and has invited a small group of Maritime Themers to a curators visit and tour of the museum.





11.30 am London Police Museum

Wapping train station on the London Overground....Turn left from station and walk for 300 yards and the police station is on your left 50 yards past the Capt Kidd pub..... Robert Jeffries will aim to meet people outside the big green wooden gates.....Any problems and he can be reached on 07941 185584 on the day



£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians & Docklands History Group and past attendees

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.

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