Stories from the book, 'The Police in Lewes.' Part 25
Malling House is a Grade 1 Listed House as well as being the Headquarters of The Sussex Police and situated in Lewes, East Sussex.
It was originally the home of the Boughey Family and in 1948 the whole building as well as the surrounding land was all sold to the East Sussex police Authority in order to be the headquarters of Sussex Police.
The sale was completed complete with a ‘built-in guarantee’ that the gardener, Mr. Steve Moore, would continue to be employed and that his cottage, one of a pair, which was situated in the lane just west of the stable block, would be his and his wife’s for as long as they wanted it.
As a result of this purchase the East Sussex Constabulary general Order 1038 of the 24th June 12948 thus reads:
‘On 14th June, 1948 the Chief Constable transferred his Headquarters from West Street to Malling House, Lewes. Any member of the Force visiting Lewes will be welcomed at the new Headquarters and the Chief Constable hopes that all ranks will take advantage of this invitation.’
One of the first government dignitaries to visit the new Headquarters was the then Home Secretary, Mr. Chuter Ede when he visited Sussex in April 1949. The Sussex Express and County Herald noted the event with a short article in their issue dated the 29th April, 1949.
The Home Secretary was accompanied by his sister and his niece. They visited Malling House while on their way to his annual Meeting of the Police Convalescent Home in Hove. They arrived by car and were received by the Chief Constable and Supt. Hopper, the DCC. A number of other Police Officers were introduced to the Home Secretary. After being entertained to lunch, they inspected the premises and expressed their delight in the charming building and are wonderful conditions in which to work.