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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
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