What makes Lewes special for you?

On Saturday 2nd September 2017 members of Friends of Lewes asked visitors to their stall at the Societies Fair: “What makes Lewes special for you?”

This was chosen to be in line with the national Civic Voice theme for the year of “Conservation Conversations”. The answers which we were given are shown below.

All the survey sheets were put into a bag to choose a lucky winner. Roger Beazley won the prize of a £10 book token and a copy of the latest publication from Friends of Lewes, “Lewes in Detail” by Marietta van Dyck.

  • Cross section of society
  • Bonfire
  • The River
  • The Railway
  • The bus Service
  • Tom Paine lived here!
  • Grange Gardens
  • The Downs
  • Lewes is very community-driven town
  • So many beautiful buildings to admire and illustrate!
  • So many interesting residents and a friendly welcome
  • A very good Tourist Information Centre
  • Downland walks and wonderful views
  • Well-placed to visit other towns and villages
  • Easy to get involved and make a difference
  • Architectural variety
  • Views of the South Downs
  • The fact that people like living here
  • Local walks and cycle rides from Lewes
  • Lots of local societies and things going on
  • I grew up here
  • I love the people and the downs that back on to the houses
  • We have a great new cinema!
  • Because it is full of weird and lovely people
  • Bonfire – bangs all through the season
  • Social networks
  • Huge range of beautiful houses all lived in
  • Downland views
  • Small enough to walk around
  • Innate resistance to ill-considered change, (“wunt to druv”)
  • Harvey’s beer
  • The built environment
  • The care and maintenance of most of the buildings
  • The continuous history of settlement
  • Every corner is a lovely view
  • The close community
  • We still have ordinary shops and an active High Street
  • The beauty of the town and its green spaces
  • The people care about the town and the local community
  • The compactness and direct contact with the surrounding countryside
  • The deep history in everything and the fragments of Priory stone in unexpected places
  • The castle and its surrounds, the Bowling Green, the proximity of the downs and the frequent views of them
  • Old buildings and some of the more imaginative new ones
  • Harvey’s Brewery
  • Cliffe High Street
  • The Railway Land
  • Trees and plants in the townscape
  • Roofscapes
  • Probably the most beautiful small hill town in England with a fantastic range of architecture over 1000 years
  • Fantastic range of organisations and activities in the town
  • Topography, built environment, setting, history, people/diversity, continuity and links with the past
  • A socially conscious and progressive community
  • Proximity to the downs
  • Great local brews
  • Lots of twittens and lanes give many ways to get from A to b with different views and atmospheres
  • The hills

 

 

 

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