Canon Row Police Station

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The Canon Row police station building in 2014

Canon Row Police Station in Canon Row, Westminster, was one of the Metropolitan Police's better known central London police stations. Replacing a leased station on King Street in St James's, it opened on 21 July 1902 in an extension to the Norman Shaw Buildings, then the home of New Scotland Yard. Canon Row Police Station was designed by the Metropolitan Police Surveyor, John Dixon Butler, with Richard Norman Shaw as consultant. The building is listed at Grade II*, and is no longer in use as a police station.[1]

The code for the station was "AD", police phonetic code "Alpha Delta". The station was responsible for policing Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The Palace of Westminster (Parliament), No 10 Downing Street, Clarence House, St James's Palace and was responsible for all major events and demonstrations that took place in Central London.

In 1985 the station moved to the Curtis Green Building, retaining the name 'Canon Row' despite moves to rename it 'Westminster'[citation needed]. It finally closed in 1992 on its merger with Bow Street Police Station to form Charing Cross Police Station at the former Charing Cross Hospital site on Agar Street.


  1. ^ "CANON ROW POLICE STATION, City of Westminster - 1357244 | Historic England".

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Coordinates: 51°30′06″N 0°07′31″W / 51.5018°N 0.1253°W / 51.5018; -0.1253