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General Information

This page contains short bits of general information I have collected over the years. The amount of information for each individual topic does not warrant individual pages so I have therefore included all information on the one page providing links from other pages where I feel appropriate.

Metropolitan Police Station, The Causeway, Potters Bar
Built 1891

The 1825 Census shows a William Parish living at Potters Bar Police Station. His Occupation is shown as 'Metropolitan Police Constable'.

1901 Census shows a William Chandler living in High Street, Potters Bar. Occupation shown as Metropolitan Police Constable.

In 1925 was part of 'Y' Division of the Metropolitan Police. In 1925 The Station Sergeant was Sergeant David Partner assisted by Sergeants Hubert Porter and Phillip Phillips. James Cryan and Stephen Church were Acting Sergeants assisted by 14 Constables!

The Hertsmere area of the Metropolitan Police covering Potters Bar, South Mimms, Borehamwood, Bushey and its surrounding villages was superceeded to the Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2001 and Potters Bar is now part of 'J' Division', station code 'J3' within Hertfordshires Central Area. Officers who patrol Potters Bar now parade out of Borehamwood Police Station. Officers from the Potters Bar Community Team and Probationer Training Unit are the only officers now based at Potters Bar.

Metropolitan Police Station, Black Horse Lane, South Mimms
Built 1847

In 1925 was part of the 'S' Division of the Metropolitan Police. In 1925 Sergeants Leanord Worth, Frederick Jardine and Charles Haines were shown to be based at South Mimms assisted by 9 Constables! South Mimms Police Station exists today as a residential premises.

Mount Grace
All references to the name Mount Grace will refer to the residential premises which once occupied those grounds.

Mount Grace was built in c1853 by Roger Fenton, the renowned Crimean War photographer, painter and lawyer, and was named after his Wife, Grace. It is understood that Roger Fenton originated from Northallerton, and it has been suggested that there could be an architectural influence from the Mount Grace priory in Yorkshire, especially in the shape of some of the windows.

It would appear that in 1949 Mount Grace was a childrens home, a 'refuge for the counties waifs aged from 4 to 15 years old'

Click Here to read about Mount Grace School which went on to be built on the site of Mount Grace.

St Johns C of E Church
The church was consecrated in 1835, unused since 1915 and was finally demolished in 1969. Father GPR Preston was the last vicar in 1914. Father Preston was brought to Potters Bar from the slums of East London to oversee the building and opening of the new St Marys Church, the replacement for St Johns. St Marys still stands at the junction of High Street and The Walk.

St Johns Church Parsonage was erected 16 years after its church in 1846. It was demolished in 1935 and Princes Parade was built on its site. The Parsonage was a large house with a large garden and paddock with sweet chestnut trees along the front.

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