John Blackwell: John Every’s Phoenix Ironworks
John Every established his first foundry in Lewes in 1835, and from this humble beginning the business developed to become the town’s largest employer during the first half of the twentieth century.
Presided over by four generations of the Every family, the foundry’s products ranged from small domestic items to the magnificent lamp standards, railings, bandstands and decorative ironwork that adorn our Sussex seaside towns.
Our speaker John Blackwell is Chairman of The Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society. John has researched and written the history of the Every family, their ironworks and its products. With the forthcoming development of the Phoenix Ironworks site the presentation will be full of interest.
Brighton Bandstand, image courtesy of John Blackwell
All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.