1st Police Station – No 59 Main Street

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This   house and No 61 next door appear on a map dated 1834. However the listed   building database states that ‘the rusticated Gibbsian doorcases on them   indicate early to mid 18th century’ which would tie in to the date the   Courthouse was built i.e. 1746. It is thought that No 59 could have been the   original constabulary barracks as it is listed as a barracks in the 1837/38   Townland Valuation and its location was convenient to the Courthouse. The   first attempts to introduce professional policing in Ireland began in the   early 19th century with the formation of the Constabulary of Ireland in 1836   under the central control of the government at Dublin Castle. Policemen were   prohibited from voting and serving in their native areas, as indicated in the   1911 census when their places of birth were recorded as Donegal, Fermanagh,   Mayo and Louth. In 1867 the constabulary was given a royal title and became   the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), a name which it retained until 1922 when,   after partition, it became the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). This title   was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in 2001.   Griffith’s records show that Robert Templer, brother-in-law of Cecilia Cope   and agent to the Manor House estate, lived here from 1870 to 1885 followed,   from 1885 to around 1930, by W. Ewing and then his son, Richard, who had   succeeded him as Clerk of Loughgall Petty Sessions. The property is now   privately owned and is occupied on a rental basis.
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