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Old Central Police Station Compound

Old Central Police Station Compound
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The buildings are currently under renovation and are not due to open to the public until the end of 2015.

In 1841, Captain William Caine was appointed as the first chief magistrate of Hong Kong and took up his office in a mat-shed on Hollywood Road. Later, this rudimentary post evolved into a magistracy, police station and prison. Today, the site is a Declared Monument.

The first structure -- a barracks -- was built in 1864. In the turbulent decades of the early 20th century, refugees came spilling into Hong Kong from war-torn Mainland China and the colony’s population increased rapidly, creating law and order challenges. As a result, Hong Kong’s police resources were increased and the compound, which includes the former Central Police Station, Victoria Prison and the former Central Magistracy, underwent several expansions between 1905 and 1925.

The redbrick building facing onto Hollywood Road was the Headquarters Block, built in 1919. The late-Victorian style building is notable for its red brick walls, granite features and the imposing columns in its entrance hall. The barracks blocks at the left of the main entrance to the Old Central Police Station were built in 1860 and 1913. These have impressive granite staircases and wrought-iron balconies.

The former Central Magistracy is a Greek-revival style edifice built in 1914. The two courts here served the entire colony and the building's commanding façade was designed to impress the population with the majesty of the law. Inside, there are corridors and tunnels leading from the magistracy to the police station, the prison or the open air – which passage one was led down depended on the verdict received.

Info
Address:
10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website:
www.heritage.gov.hk
How to get there

MTR Central Station, Exit D1. Cross Wellington Street and Lyndhurst Terrace to Hollywood Road.

Remarks: Not open to public.

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