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  1. Tom - a rare and very sought after badge - in fact anything to do with Railways is valuable. I would say stg 500 pounds - and upwards - you could be very surprised.....

    The short history is as follows -

    Eastern Union Railway - incorporated 1844

    Amalgamated with Ipswich and Bury St. Edmunds - 1847

    Taken over by Great Eastern Railway (which later became London and North Eastern Railway) 1862.

    Any other 'treasures' lurking in the background ?

    THE LNER RAILWAY POLICE (1923 - 1948)

    The LNER was formed from:

    Great Eastern Railway

    Great Central Railway

    Great Northern Railway

    Great North of Scotland Railway

    Hull and Barnsley Railway

    North British Railway

    North Eastern Railways

    The North Eastern Railway was the largest and most successful of the constituent companies. All of these companies had Railway Police Forces. The LNER Police was one of the largest Police Forces in the Country. It had its Headquarters at York. It had three Areas, North-Eastern, Scottish and Southern, each split into Divisions headed by a Superintendent.

    NORTH EASTERN AREA (Headquarters at Newcastle)

    Northern Division

    Newcastle (Divisional HQ)

    Sunderland

    West Hartlepool

    Southern Division

    York (Divisional Headquarters)

    Darlington

    Middlesbrough

    Leeds

    Eastern Division

    Hull (Divisional HQ)

    SCOTTISH AREA (Headquarters at Edinburgh)

    Scottish Division

    Edinburgh

    Glasgow

    Dundee

    Dunfirmline

    SOUTHERN AREA (Headquarters at Wellers Court, Pancras Road, London NW1.)

    London Division

    Kings Cross (Divisional HQ)

    Farringdon Street

    Marylebone

    Liverpool Street

    Bishopsgate

    Stratford

    Sheffield Division

    Sheffield (Divisional HQ)

    Manchester

    Bradford

    Nottingham

    Leicester

    Grimsby Division

    Grimsby (Divisional HQ)

    Grimsby Docks

    Doncaster

    Peterborough

    Cambridge Division

    Cambridge (Divisonal HQ)

    Ipswich

    Norwich

    Parkeston Quay

  2. Tom, you have a LNER police helmet plate worth about £50 in that condition. A common badge, the LNER Police were a big old Force (1450 on establishment). Their badges turn up regularly on Ebay and go for £70 tops. The Force was viewed as quite forward thinking for it's time and sent their recruits to Hendon from the 1920s. The Force amalgamated with all other railway Poice forces in 1949 when the British Transport Commission Police were formed. I know a sprightly 90 year old who was in the LNER Police. Talking with him has beeen fascinating as you can imagine. You have the 2 piece version. There was an earlier single stamped version all in black that was used as a night plate and is worth slightly more.

  3. Milice - I see you are a new member - so, welcome to GMIC. Until the photo was sent from my remaining collection in the UK I had not seen this helmet for years. However - with the largest collection of British Police in the World - at one time - I was not noted for accepting any item without background. I also served in 'H' Division, which adjoins the City and I seem to have memories of City Police in these helmets with white coats. I am always ready to be corrected - however, I would like to know your background on collecting - are you in the City Police ? The quickest way to establish this would be to phone the City Police Museum and check with the Curator - should you have time , perhaps you could do this ? Mervyn

    Hello Mervyn,

    That City Police helmet in white is a fantasy piece I'm afraid and you will not find a photo of one being worn.

    No City Police helmet has the comb all in Gold. Senior Officers have a Gold trim on the comb but there will be no divisional number on the helmet plate like the one shown.

    Here is a good site on City Police memorabilia.

    http://citypolice.tripod.com/index.htm

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