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Photo:Volunteers and police cadets outside Brighton Town Hall:click on image to open a large version

Volunteers and police cadets outside Brighton Town Hall:click on image to open a large version

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Photo:Old Police Cells Museum:click on image to open a large version

Old Police Cells Museum:click on image to open a large version

©Tony Mould: images copyright protected

Photo:Old Police Cells Museum:click on image to open a large version

Old Police Cells Museum:click on image to open a large version

©Tony Mould: images copyright protected

Old Police Cells Museum season opening

By Jennifer Drury

Spooky cells

The Old Police Cells Museum is a ‘must see’ venue for anyone interested in the history of the city. It is located in the basement of Brighton Town Hall and a visit will definitely both educate and entertain. It was Brighton Borough's main police station from 1830 to 1967, and is reputedly haunted by the ghost of Chief Constable Henry Solomon, murdered in 1844 by a suspect in custody. Apart from its spooky cells, one complete with a 'body', it has a plethora of police memorabilia and artefacts. It also houses the largest collection in the UK of truncheons and tipstaffs.

Licensed for weddings

Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to make a suitable donation towards its upkeep. Guided tours run Tuesday to Saturday through the summer season which is April-November. Tours begin at 10am: please telephone 01273 291052 to book your place. Special group visits and events may also be arranged for schools, colleges, community groups, and conferences. And if you are looking for that especially quirky wedding venue, the museum is now licensed for ceremonies.

Find out more at the Old Police Cells Museum website

This page was added on 06/04/2015.
Comments about this page

I got locked up for one night when I was 16, then taken upstairs and fined 5 shillings. Oh, the shame! Next time I am in Brighton will visit this museum.

By Dennis Fielder (06/04/2015)

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