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Title: Police Officer - Brighton, Cambridgeshire, London
Post by: ali. on Thursday 15 July 21 15:09 BST (UK)
Hi all.

I have a gentleman named Robert Edward Howe (born 1822 in Woolwich) who is listed as a police officer on his marriage certificate and eldest 2 children's birth/baptism records. I can't quite figure out where exactly he would have been a police officer as he moves around quite a bit. Is there any more info I can get about his occupation?

He's born in Woolwich and raised in London. His family moved into the Tower of London in 1845 where his father was a master gunner.

He marries in St Nicholas Church, Brighton in 1850 - listed as a police officer. Living at "Martha Street" - could be Martha Gunn Road, Brighton or Martha Street in Whitechapel (by the Tower).

Living in the Tower with his parents in 1851 Census. Working "at home".

His daughter is born in "a boarding house bar" in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in 1852. Occupation police officer.

His son is born in Streatham, Cambridgeshire in 1854. Still a police officer.

Children are both baptised in Streatham in 1854. Police officer.

Next children are born in Islington 1857 and Chelsea 1860 but not baptised until 1862 so occupation at the time not currently known. Will get their birth certificates to check.

1861 he is a "Cooper, War Department"

In 1862 he is the foreman of the gunpower magazine in Hyde Park and he dies the same year.

All I know is between approx 1850-1861 he was a police officer. There is a Constable Howe "313 A" who appears in some newspapers in 1853-1856 around Marlborough Street, London. Where would I have to look for records if they even exist, and was it common for officers to move around this much?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Police Officer - Brighton, Cambridgeshire, London
Post by: Chris Doran on Friday 16 July 21 01:52 BST (UK)
Here is The National Archives Guide on the Police (https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/officer-in-police-force/). They have information on the Met, which might cover his time at Islington and Chelsea, and also the Transport Police, which might be the explanation as to why he moves around a lot. It says that for local police forces you have to ask the relevant archives.
Title: Re: Police Officer - Brighton, Cambridgeshire, London
Post by: ali. on Saturday 17 July 21 13:00 BST (UK)
Thank you so much Chris!
Title: Re: Police Officer - Brighton, Cambridgeshire, London
Post by: JohninSussex on Thursday 22 July 21 01:13 BST (UK)

He marries in St Nicholas Church, Brighton in 1850 - listed as a police officer. Living at "Martha Street" - could be Martha Gunn Road, Brighton or Martha Street in Whitechapel (by the Tower).

Thanks!

Martha Gunn Road, Brighton is in a modern housing estate so couldn't be there.
Title: Re: Police Officer - Brighton, Cambridgeshire, London
Post by: maddys52 on Thursday 22 July 21 05:29 BST (UK)
There is a Constable Howe "313 A" who appears in some newspapers in 1853-1856 around Marlborough Street, London.

There is also a "Police-constable Howe 134 N" referred to in a case at Clerkenwell in 1856.