Whitfield Police Station / Bay View Hotel / Bay View Police Station - 20 Shaukiwan Road [????-????] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Whitfield Police Station / Bay View Hotel / Bay View Police Station - 20 Shaukiwan Road [????-????]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists

From the Public Records Office:

1893 - From the Bay View Hotel, Application for an extention to the present lease.

1898 - Request permission by Mr. J. W. Osborne to sublet the Bay View Hotel

1903 Feb - Recommends the removal of the private reservoir behind the Bay View Hotel, or prohibition of the neighbouring Gardens

1903 - Oct - Re-occupation of the Bay View Hotel by the Police (From AG.Capt. Supt. of Police)

Various directories:

1892 - J. W. Osborne, proprietor
1894 - J. W. Osborne, proprietor
1902 - J. W. Osborne, proprietor
1904 - John Lacock, licensee

Photos that show this place


Police re-occupied the Hotel in 1903.

HK Telegraph 8 April 1891

J. W. Osborne was granted a publican's licence for the premises known as Whitfield Police Station, but now re-christened as the Bay View Inn, at Causeway Bay.

Boundary of the City of Victoria:

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1, In the construction of this ordinance, the term City of Victoria means the City of Victoria bounded as follows :—

On the north by the harbour,
on the south by the Pokfulalm and Taitam conduits.
on the east by a straight line drawn from Whitfield Police Station to the mouth of the Taitam tunnel, and
on the west by Mount Davis.

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7.           Whitfield Police Station has been vacated by the police and is now let for the purposes of an inn.

From the Report of the Director of Public Works for 1891  

There is a brief mention of the Whitfield Police Station in the China Mail in August 1885. The sanitary conditions of the nearby village of Tai-hang was such that its partial destruction in a rain storm was viewed by the paper as a blessing in disguise! 


“THE little village of Tai-hang, near the Whitfield Police Station, suffered considerably from the heavy rains of last night. The houses, or huts, which constitute the village are situated at the foot of a hill, a portion of which has been cut away for quarrying purposes. The rush of water down the hillside, carrying with it quantities of earth and debris, carried away several of the houses and filled up many others with earth and rubbish to a height of several feet. Some of the inhabitants of the wrecked houses have obtained shelter in neighbouring dwellings, while one woman, with her family, who had been rendered houseless, applied for assistance at the Police Station this morning and has been temporarily provided for. From a sanitary point of view the semi-destruction of the village can scarcely be regretted, as it was one of the filthiest in the Colony, and it will now probably get the benefit of a thorough cleansing.”


Source: The China Mail, page 2, 26th August 1885