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Original drawings for the construction of Presteigne police station
Powys County Archives

Law and Order

PC William Morris Vaughan

William Vaughan was born in Presteigne in 1857, the son of Thomas Vaughan, a mason, and his wife Jane. He went into his father's trade of stonemasonry and worked in Presteigne where he settled with his wife Elizabeth. The first four of their children were born and baptised in the local church. In 1881 William decided to enter the Radnorshire Constabulary and became Police Constable 14.

Original drawings which were adapted for Presteigne police station Original drawings which were adapted for Presteigne police station
Original drawings adapted for Presteigne police station
Powys County Archives

By 1891 he was based initially at Llanbister station:

1891 Census
Police Station, Llanbister
Name Position in household Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of birth English/Welsh speaker
William M Vaughan Head M 34 Police constable Presteigne English
Elizabeth Vaughan Wife M 35   Leinthall Starkes, Herefordshire English
Edith B L Vaughan Dau S 11 Scholar Presteigne English
George T Vaughan Son S 8 Scholar Presteigne

English

William H Vaughan Son S 4 Scholar Presteigne English
Clifford F Vaughan Son S 2   Llanbister English


Daily return of constables for December 1891
Powys County Archives

In November 1891 PC Vaughan was transferred to Llandrindod Wells, as shown in the daily return of constables for December 1891. In 1893 he was transferred to Boughrood. He died on 4th April 1905 while still a serving constable.

Constable Vaughan as a young man Constable Vaughan c1900
PC W M Vaughan as a young man and c1900
Radnorshire Museum

PC Vaughan's Deposition
Regina v Bridgett
Radnorshire County Council

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