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Offline John

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Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« on: October 21, 2011, 23:34:40 pm »
An old aerial view of Kent County Constabulary headquarters at Maidstone..
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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 22:21:44 pm »
I have an old map of the Maidstone area which is marked 'Camp' at the site of what is now known as Police HQ. Does anyone know if the existing building was originally, for example an army camp or if one stood on the site before the HQ was built.

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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 09:47:27 am »
1897 OS 1:2500 shows "Camp", 1884 shows "British Camp-remains of"   The fact in both cases the font is Old English means these are Historical sites
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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2023, 13:52:31 pm »
The early days of the newly built Sutton Road Headquarters and its parade ground circa 1939. A cement mixer is still on site.

In the mid 1930s when the land was purchased, a covenant formed part of the sale contract. 'The land was not to be used for any obnoxious purpose, nor for the erecting of a housing estate. The use of the site for police headquarters had been specifically authorised.'

This related to the land immediately behind the main building. The strips of land upon which the police housing estate was later built, were subject of separate purchases. (research source: Kent Archives) 

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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2023, 14:24:32 pm »
The predecessor to this building was the original Kent County Constabulary headquarters at Wrens Cross, Stone Street, Maidstone, which the Force occupied from 1860 until it relocated to Sutton Road, Maidstone, in 1940.

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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2023, 14:35:57 pm »
It was apparently also used as a regional interrogation centre for German POWs using rooms with concealed microphones
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Re: Kent County Constabulary HQ, Maidstone
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2024, 11:35:03 am »
Kentish Express - Friday 02 August 1935
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