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Steelhouse Lane Police Station


886 when planning commenced for the Victoria Law Courts and Steelhouse Lane Cells. Prior to this the main Birmingham custody block was in the Moor Street Public Office.

The Grade II listed Steelhouse Lane Lock-up opened in 1891 and operated until 2016. The building is separated by a tunnel that goes under Coleridge Passage which used to see prisoners being sent from the cells direct to the courts.


There were originally around 70 cells spread across three floors. The Lock-up is entered at ground level and there is a basement and a first floor. The basement contains the original kitchen and there is evidence of an old dumb waiter (potentially powered by an early Birmingham hydraulics network) which would have been used to transport food up to the ground and first floors.

The top floor (due to the natural light) was used for prisoner photography and it is here that the famous peaky blinder mugshots were taken.