The Slaugham Archives

PC Steve Message
The Slaugham Archive
PC Steve Message

For much of the last century a succession of resident police officers were stationed in the Police House opposite the now-demolished Fountain Inn. They maintained law and order in the Slaugham parish and, in more recent times, Bolney following the closure of its village police office in the 1960s.

PC Bertie King lived in Redgate Cottages in the High Street until moving into the newly constructed Police House in 1927 and served until 1932.

PC Steve Message occupied the position from 1932 to 1953, although he had joined the police force in 1920. It seems that he transferred from Uckfield to Handcross after upsetting the lord of the manor’s daughter over a motoring issue! On retirement he took up residence in Truggers.

The picture is of a trim Steve Message in the early years of his career. The Large Version shows him sporting a more modern uniform and his own means of transport to patrol his manor. A third image can be seen at picture #361.

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