Scotland Yard

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
New Scotland Yard ca. 1890 (Embankment)

Headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police.

In the Sherlock Holmes stories

List of Inspectors

Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard



Scotland Yard (officially New Scotland Yard) is a metonym for the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London. The name derives from the location of the original Metropolitan Police headquarters at 4 Whitehall Place, which had a rear entrance on a street called Great Scotland Yard. The Scotland Yard entrance became the public entrance to the police station, and over time the street and the Metropolitan Police became synonymous. The force moved away from Great Scotland Yard in 1890, and the name New Scotland Yard was adopted for subsequent headquarters. The current New Scotland Yard is located on Broadway in Victoria Street and has been the Metropolitan Police's headquarters since 1967. In 2013, it was announced that the force will move to a smaller building on the Victoria Embankment in 2015, which will be renamed Scotland Yard. (source : wikipedia)