Lewes MP Norman Baker has welcomed the news that the town’s Southover Grange is to be re-instated as a venue for weddings after some works have been completed.
The transfer of ownership of this historic 16th century former manor house forms part of a transfer of assets between Lewes District Council, which now take on ownership of The Maltings, the former home of the East Sussex Records office.
Mr Baker said: “I look forward to work being completed at Southover Grange to bring it back to local people as a popular wedding venue and await news from Lewes District Council about their intentions for The Maltings, which I also hope will have a general public use.
“Southover Grange, house and gardens, are a popular spot for local people and visitors to enjoy the gardens with the backdrop of this historical building. I welcome the news that this venue will once more be open as a place for people to be married at.Both Southover Grange and The Maltings are historic and iconic buildings within the town, which I would like to see in use by the public once more.”
In the 1790s the Prince of Wales, who later became the Prince Regent and King George IV, often stayed at Southover Grange.