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Hello All,

I have recently uploaded some images from Bradford Special Constabulary. I have started this separate posting to display images from Bradford Police. The first two are early Helmet Plates (the Victorian example is unfortunately not in my collection).

Kevin

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Some more examples of Helmet Plates. The first is a solid KC plate and second a blackened version ( Bradford painted their HPs). The third example is a voided KC plate.

Kevin

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Another Tipstaff. This one comes from the parish of Idle. West Riding Constabulary came into being in 1856 and assumed policing responsibilities for Idle. When Bradford achieved city status in 1898 Idle became part of the city area and Bradford City Police assumed responsibilty for the village. I believe this Tipstaff and the Bowling example above pre-date the formation of either force. Perhaps Mervyn could comment as this is more his territory?

Kevin

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CITY OF BRADFORD BYE LAWS. 27 MAY 1848.

I have in my collection a very fragile copy of the 'City of Bradford Costabulary Code', extracts from which are too large to upload. I believe, however, that it is important that this record should be shared and through this process preserved for the future. I am therefore attempting to transcribe the those contents that are pertinent on this thread (I honestly doubt my own reasoning at times!). It gives an interesting account of a northern industrial town which had developed rapidly in a relatively short period of time and the application of Bye Laws in an attempt to control what must have been a very unstable period in the history of the community.

To facilitate this undertaking and to break the document down into reasonablly sized pieces I will start with the introduction and then work through the various chapters :-

BYE LAWS.

CITY OF BRADFORD : To Wit.

At a Special Monthly Meeting of the Council of the City of Bradford, held on Saturday, the twenty-seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, in pursuance of notice for that purpose duly given, and summonses duly served, at which said meeting more than two thirds of the whole number of the said Council are present, that is to say :-

MAYOR. ROBERT MULLIGAN, Esq.

ALDERMEN. Joshua Lupton, William Rand, Edward Ripley, Samuel Smith, Thomas Beaumont, Joseph Smith, Henry Brown, Christopher Waud.

COUNCILLORS. Joseph Farrar, George Alderson, John King, Edward.H.Parratt, William German, John Gordon, Swithen Anderton, William Metcalfe, James Wade, Henry Read, John Hill (Whitesmith), Samuel Bottomley, James Bilton, David Baxandall, Joshua Brigg, Robert Patterson, John Gott, SAmuel Atkinson, Richard Newby, Charles Rhodes, James Green, John Denby, John Todoff, Richard Margerison, Daniel Firth, John Hill (Malster), John Clayton, Benjamin Berry, William Stead.

Whreas, at a meeting of the Council of the City of Bradford, in the county of York, holden on Saturday, the twelfth day of February, one thousand eight hundred andand forty eight, at which said meeting more than two thirds of the whole number of the said council were present, the said Council did order, ordain, and make several Bye Laws for the good rule and government of the said City, and for the prevention and suppression of nuisances therein, to commence and take effect from the 1st day of April then next ensuing.

And whereas, it is expedient to rescind the said Bye Laws, and to make and ordain certain other Bye Laws.

Now it is hereby ordered and ordained by the said Council, and we the said Council, do hereby order and ordain, that the several Bye Laws made by the said Council, on the twelfth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and forty eight, as aforesaid, shall be severally and respectively rescinded and repealed accordingly.

And it is hereby further ordered and ordained by the said Council, and we the said Council (more than two thirds of the whole number thereof being present,) in pusuance of the power in that behalf given to us by an Act of Parliament, made and passed in the Session of Parliament holden in the fifth and sixth years of of the reign of His late Majesty, King William the Fourth, intitled "An Act to provide for the regulation of Municipal Corporations in England and Wales", do hereby order, ordain, and make the following Bye Laws, to commence and take effect from the 1st day of August now next ensuing, that is to say :-

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1. HOISTING OR DELIVERING GOODS INTO OR FROM WAREHOUSES, &c., WITHOUT PROPER TACKLE.

That if any person shall hoist, lower, take in or deliver, any pipe, hogshead, cask, puncheon, barel, sack, bag, woolbag, box, package, bale, truss, hamper, or other thing, into or from any warehouse, building, cellar,or vault, within the said City, without having proper or sufficient rope, and other tackle in good order and condition, and fit for such hoisting, lowering, taking in, or delivering, and without slinging, or effectively securing such pipe, hogshead, cask, puncheon, barrel, sack, bag, woolbag, box, package, bale, truss, hamper, or other thing, so as to prevent same from slipping, breaking away or falling ;

Or if any owner or occupier of any warehouse, building, cellar, or vault, within the said city shall wilfully or negligently permit, or suffer any pipe, hogshead, cask, puncheon, barrel, sack, bag, woolbag, box, package, bale, truss, hamper, or other thing, to be hoisted, lowered, taken in, or delivered into or from any such warehouse, building cellar, or vault, without having proper and suffiecient rope and other tackle in good working order and condition, and fit for such hoisting, lowering, taking in and delivering ;

Or if any person shall use or cause or permit to be used any such rope or tackle for any of the purposes aforesaid, after receiving and and until withdrawnment of notice from the surveyor, that the same, or part thereof, is not fit to be so used ;

Or if any person shall not, within three days from receiving such notice, remove or cause any such rope or tackle to be repaired and made fit for use ;

Every person so respectively offending shall, for any such offence forefeit and pay the fine or sum of ten shillings; and for a second offence, alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as such first offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of forty shillings; and for every, being subsequent to a second offence, and alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as any prior offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of five pounds.

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2. LEAVING CELLARS UNCOVERED, OR THE DOORS THEREOF UNFASTENED.

That if any person (owner or occupier) shall have any cellar, vault, coal-hole, or underground room or apartment, in, under, oradjoining to ant street, without a sufficient door, hatchway, or other covering ;

Or, shall wilfully or negligently, or without sufficient watch or guard, leave or permit, or suffer to be left open, unfastened, or insufficiently secured any door, hatchway, or flap, window grate, stone, plate, board, or other covering to any such cellar, vault, coal-hole, or underground room or apartment ;

Or shall make, repair, alter, or construct any such covering as aforesaid, except with the consent, and under the inspection and direction of the surveyor ;

Every person so respectfully offending shall, for any such offence, forfeit, and pay the fine or sum of twenty shillings; and for a second offence, alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as such first offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of forty shillings; and for every offence, being subsequent to a second offence, and alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as any prior offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of five pounds.

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3. PERMITTING FEROCIOUS DOGE TO GO UNMUZZLED, OR ANY DOG TO BE AT LARGE AFTER NOTICE.

That if any person shall permit, or suffer to be at large, within the said city, any ferocious or mischievous dog, not being closely muzzled ;

Or shall, after public notice given by the Mayor, or any two Justices, directing dogs to be confined, permit or suffer any dog to go at large within the said city ;

Or shall accompany any such ferocious or mischievous dog, not not being closely muzzled as aforesaid, or any dog, after such notice as aforesaid, whether he be the owner of such dog or not ;

Every person so respectfully offending shall, for any such offence, forfeit and pay the fine or sum of five shillings ; and for a second offence, alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as such first offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of ten shillings ; and for every offence, being subsequent to a second offence, and alleged and proved as such, and not committed on the same day as any prior offence, shall forfeit and pay the fine or sum of forty shillings.

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