Niddrie Old Police Station

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Today a very unregarded item, that is soon to be no more.  Niddrie’s old police station at 32 Niddrie Mains Road has stood, set back slightly behind the parade of shops, since the early 1980’s.  Now another piece of Niddrie is to go.  After the Council vacate this month it is scheduled for demolition.

It does however possess some interesting features, namely the copper lined sandbag sills on all its windows.  These are designed to take several sandbags up on the window ledge in front of the steel shutters, protecting the occupants from petrol bombs and the like, making this station more in the line of a military guard house than civilian police station.  Designed to withstand urban disorder and the riots that happened back in the 1980’s and 1994.

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I don’t know of this feature anywhere else in Edinburgh.  Unless readers can put me right?

Copyright David Macadam 2012

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