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Keeping town’s heritage alive

Police have let Castleford Heritage Trust take some stuff from the former police station which they will then use in their new museum at Queen's Mill, pictured is Pcso Ash Sutton with members of the Heritage Trust. (p621a425)

Police have let Castleford Heritage Trust take some stuff from the former police station which they will then use in their new museum at Queen's Mill, pictured is Pcso Ash Sutton with members of the Heritage Trust. (p621a425)

Police have teamed up with Castleford Heritage Trust in a bid to keep the history of the town’s former police station alive.

The Jessop Street building - which included a courtroom – closed last April when the town’s neighbourhood policing team (NPT) moved into premises on Beancroft Road, alongside the town’s firefighters.

Before its closure, the Jessop Street station was believed to be the oldest active police station in the country.

The trust hopes to use the witness box and benches from the former courtroom as part of its project to turn the town’s Queen’s Mill into a museum.

Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “The former police station is very much part of the town’s heritage.

“It used to have its own court and is full of history.

“It was also former magistrate Dr Adam Jessop’s house before it was a police station.

“We are delighted by the fact that some of the artefacts from it will be used in the mill.”

Subject to funding, the trust hopes to open the mill up as a museum by 2017.

It will also feature an arts centre and a cafe.

Mrs Drake added: “We want to create hands-on activities with what we’ve been able to get from the police station.

“We want children to be able to use them to learn about the history of the building as well as being able to use them for play activities.”

Insp Dave Bugg, of Castleford NPT, said the building was still for sale.

He added: “We have work closely with the heritage trust on a number of schemes in the past and know the history of the station will be in safe hands.

“We’re delighted that some of the heritage of the building will be kept alive by the trust.”

The trust is looking for volunteers to help relocate other artefacts to the mill.

Visit www.castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk

 

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