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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.
20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.
River Police Boatyard
Home to the worlds first uniformed police force
Location: Nr Wapping Rose Garden
Description: The Thames River Police was established in 1797 and was the first uniformed police force in the world.
At the time crime was a major problem on the river and was one of the reasons for building the inland docks enclosed by high walls.
Today the main problems are stolen yachts and attempted suicides. The blue and white building houses the police boats and provides maintenance facilities.
The present headquarters is just up the road and houses a museum (visits by appointment only).
Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks