Explore Your Archive: First Vehicle Registered in Worcestershire
- 24th November 2016
After the 1903 Act, it became mandatory to register motor vehicles with the County Council or Borough in which the driver was resident. Each City and County, and some Boroughs were allocated registrations that consisted of one or two letters to which a number could be added. The first registration issued in Worcestershire was AB 1. This was registered to the then Chief Constable of Worcester, Lt. Col. Herbert Sutherland Walker. The registration number was re-used for all the Chief Constable’s cars until his resignation in 1931.
According to the book ‘From Fruit Trees to Furnaces: A History of the Worcestershire Constabulary’ by Bob Pooler the registration was not used for a number of years after but was later reissued to the chief constable’s official motor car.