Tetbury Police Museum

The original Police office and cells contain a most interesting array of exhibits and memorabilia which is well worth a visit, including the world renowned Alex Nichols collection of Handcuffs and Restraints.

The Centre is primarily dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, founded in 1839 despite a petition raised by the people of Compton Greenfield against the necessity of forming a police force in Gloucestershire at all!

There is a copy of this petition and a photo of Gloucestershire first Chief Constable Mr. Anthony Thomas Lefroy on display in the main hall, with a number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment depicting the history of policing.

Our resident Sergeant is always on duty in the station watching over the prisoners, local troublemakers and the public as he has done for over a hundred years. 'Fred', one of our prisoners, sleeps it off in one of the cells and should not be woken, as he is known to become violent if disturbed. Considering the cells were only for 'short stay' prisoners they are extremely secure. In the past, careless visitors have been known to lock themselves in!

On the first floor there is a complete magistrates court with a display using models and depicting a hearing, as it would have been in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Tetbury Police Museum is one of the main attractions for visitors to the town of all ages, and is well worth a visit if you enjoy history.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1500
Bank holidays Easter & Christmas Period Closed

The Alex Nichols Collection of Handcuffs and Restraints was until recently housed at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham. It was moved to The Tetbury Police Museum in 2007. The collection consists of restraints and handcuffs used by the police from different countries around the world. This is the largest collection of handcuffs and restraints on public view in the United Kingdom.

Collection details

Social History, Law and Order, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Tetbury Police Museum
The Old Court House
63 Long Street




01666 504670


01666 504670

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