Lewes History Group talk: Rise of Victorian & Edwardian Suburbs in Lewes – Monday 11 November 2019, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Sue Berry: The Rise of Victorian and Edwardian Suburbs in Lewes

The landscape of Lewes was so transformed during the later 1880s and early 1900s that by 1914, a visitor from the early nineteenth century would have been very surprised by the changes, especially the styles and the innovations such as sewerage and fresh water.

Access to the railway became key for businesses, and where possible, living away from the noise and smells of the iron foundry, breweries, leather processing and horse dung (a later Victorian crisis) in the centre all helped to shape the town – and the imprint of development during this period still does.

We will explore the development of the suburbs exploring topics such as the impact of ever increasing legislation on the layout and coherence of all house building projects – large (Wallands), mid-sized (such as the Pells and Grange Road) and small infills; of the difficulty of making them profitable even on greenfield sites; and who some of the builders and occupants were.

St John sub Castro Church, Lewes, before later Victorian development
The Pells area before development. Courtesy of Sussex Archaeological Society

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 £1 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.