Wolverhampton's Listed Buildings

Police Station

Mount Pleasant, Bilston

Listing: c.1840

Comment: Bilston Police Station is unique in that it is reported to be the only police station in the country that is surrounded by a moat. The moat is about ten feet deep and six feet wide. 

It proved useful during the First World War when the building was besieged by an angry mob. They were demanding the release of some soldiers who had been arrested for disorderly behaviour whilst on leave from the trenches in France. 

But some people have suggested it it not really defensive but simply  a convenient way of getting access to the underground cells.