Definition of Bow Street from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Bow Street

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the main police court in London, which was in the street of this name until the early 1990s. It is now at Charing Cross. When Henry Fielding was a magistrate at Bow Street in the 1740s, he formed the Bow Street Runners, a group of people trained to catch thieves. This was the first step towards the creation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829.

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