Thursday 28 April 2011

Monopoly - Bow Street

Monopoly Board orange square. £180.

Bow st runs along side the Royal opera House in Covent garden. An area steeped in history.
The first professional police forces originated here. In 1749 a group of just eight men known as the Bow St runners, a nickname they didn't like. They felt it a derogatory term. Working alongside the Bow St magistrates court they represented the first formalised and regulated policing. Finally disbanded in 1839.


Luis Gomez said...

Love it. What a great way to go around London.

jabblog said...

I didn't know the Bow Street Runners didn't like their nickname. Interesting!

H said...

Imagine a police force of just eight men in London today!

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