I am trying to establish the date of when the Blue Station Lanterns were introduced for the first time !
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I have discussed this point with the curator of the GMP Museum and Archive, Manchester, UK, Duncan Broady and we believe that the first lanterns on police stations coincided with the introduction of gas lighting in Manchester which is before the 1838 (Incorporation of the Borough).
The original police house on Ridgefield / Police Street off King Street is said to be one of the first public buildings with a gas lantern in Manchester.
As for its colour we have no other knowledge other than blue in Manchester.
Photographs are rare and our earliest is on the Great Jackson St Hulme PS from pre 1838. Although visible in the @1900 photograph there is nothing to suppose the lamp was not there from the installation of gas in Hulme Manchester.
The question now is when did Manchester first lay its gas supply.
The National Archives has this entry which nicely answers that question
'The first Manchester gas works was built in 1817 by the Manchester Police Commissioners at Water Street (closed in 1837) to supply gas for street lamps and police offices on a commercial basis. To meet demand a second gas station was opened 1824 at St. George's Road, later to become known as the Rochdale Road Station. The Manchester Gas Act of 1824 made these arrangements official and set the areas of supply for the Police Commissioners Gas Undertaking.'
So I would argue that the first blue lantern was on the Police Office on Ridgefield from 1817.
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