6 Grange Road, Lewes: Open Garden on Sunday 25 June 2017, 2-5.30pm

This is a hidden historic town garden established in the 1930s by the Martin sisters and developed since the 1980s by the late Paul Millmore. It is accessed via steps to a narrow cobbled passageway which opens out to reveal a truly secret garden. ½ acre in size, the garden is laid out formally with brick paviour paths, perennial borders, pond, mature trees and topiary. A magical space in the midst of bustling urban life.

See the entry in the National Garden Scheme website for more details, photos, and how to get to the garden.

Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.




Friends of Lewes – Spring 2017 Newsletter

The Friends of Lewes Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available as a pdf [550 KB]

Friends of Lewes tree planters

Previous Newsletters and Annual Reports




Lewes Neighbourhood Plan public consultation on pre-submission draft

The Pre-Submission Draft of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan is now ready for a six-week public consultation.

This consultation period begins on Monday 8th May and ends on Wednesday 21st June 2017.


There will be a drop-in event presenting the draft plan at Lewes Town Hall on 25th May 2017 from 1.00pm until 10.00pm and on the 26th May 2017 from 9.30am until 1.00pm. Please come along to this event where you can find out more about the plan and ask any questions you may have.

There will be a slideshow presentation at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017. This presentation will explain more about the plan and be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Your comments

Please go to the Lewes For All Neighbourhood Plan website to download copies of the plan and to complete the questionnaire survey. We also invite Members of the Friends of Lewes to send or copy their written comments to enquiries@friends-of-lewes.org.uk, by the 15 June 2017.

The deadline for responses to the questionnaire survey is 5pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017.

Image from lewes4all.uk




Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 6 April 2017

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 6 April 2017.

Representations made to planning applications in weeks ending 7, 14, 21 & 28 March & 4 April 2017

Week ending 7 March

SDNP/17/00510/HOUS: Replace existing single glazed timber sash windows with new double glazed timber sash windows. 113 Western Road.
Friends of Lewes support the replacement of existing windows with timber windows. However, it objects to the design of the proposed replacement windows because the glazing bars are not traditional; they are stuck to the face of the double glazed unit. The Society considers traditional windows with individual panes separated by glazing bars should be used in the Lewes Conservation Area.

SDNP/17/01027/HOUS: Replacement of existing dormer window at front. 58 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes support the renovation of the dormer window. However, it comments that the limited information provided with the application is inadequate to demonstrate what work is proposed. In particular it considers elevations of the building should be provided.

Week ending 14 March

SDNP/16/05820/HOUS: Erection of rear single storey extension, front porch and conversion of garage to living space. 52 Spences Lane.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposed development. However it comments that the information provided in support of the application and the overall design proposals are of poor quality.

SDNP/17/01186/HOUS: Loft conversion with dormer windows at rear and rooflights to the front. 10 Cranedown.
Friends of Lewes object to the extent of this proposal. In particular the central dormer is too big and does not complement the existing property. The roofs of the dormers go up to the ridge of the main roof and should be set down from the ridge so that the roofline is retained, unaltered.

Week ending 28 March

SDNP/17/01010/HOUS: 14 Grange Road Lewes BN7 1TS Replace windows and front door. 14 Grange Road.
Although this application was listed for public consultation in the weekly lists for w/e 28 March by Lewes DC and appears in results returned from searching the SDNPA Planning Applications site for applications validated, the application reference returns “No results found” on the SDNPA web site. Searching for 14 Grange Road produces the same result. The Society therefore raises an objection to this application because no details of this application have been published. It asks for the consultation period to be extended and start from the date on which details of the application are made public.

SDNP/17/00340/HOUS: Erection of 5 loose box stables. The Tote House, The Motor Road Old Racecourse.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed development which it considers will have an adverse impact on the landscape. The Society regards the proposed development as an unwarranted extension beyond the existing development boundary.

Week ending 4 April

SDNP/16/05293/LIS: Installation of fibre optic broadband cabling. Strutt And Parker Walwers Lane.
Friends of Lewes object to the way in which this cabling is being installed. The photographs provided in support of this application demonstrate very clearly the appalling way in which the existing cabling has been routed around and attached to this listed building. The new cabling should be installed at ground level or preferably placed underground.

SDNP/17/01396/FUL: Demolition of 4 stables and erection of a single storey dwelling. Windmill Lodge Stables Spital Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the provision of new housing. However, it objects to this application because it contains inadequate information with respect to the details of the proposed construction and the materials to be used.


The Committee examined the following applications and had no observations to make:

SDNP/17/00051/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Alterations to “gatehouse” building, new parking bays and paving.
SDNP/17/01025/FUL Lewes YMCA, Westgate Street.   Erect four classrooms and office to replace pavilion.
SDNP/17/00632/HOUS 9 Hoopers Close.   Single storey rear extension and amendments to front elevation.
SDNP/17/00728/HOUS 93 De Montfort Road.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/01169/LIS 13 Sun Street.   Wood burning stove, chimney cowl and central heating system.
SDNP/17/01259/LIS HMP Lewes, Brighton Road.   Remedial works.
SDNP/17/01328/HOUS 4 Houndean Rise.   New entrance gates.
SDNP/17/00071/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Demolition and partial demolition of existing buildings and new car parking spaces.
SDNP/17/01363/FUL Medlock Dry Construction Ltd., Hanover House, Timberyard Lane.   Temporary change of use of land and erection of hoarding.
SDNP/17/01471/HOUS 33 Montacute Road.   Single storey rear conservatory.
SDNP/17/01458/HOUS Broughton Astley Kingston Road.   Ground floor extension and minor landscape works.
SDNP/17/01194/LIS & 01602/FUL 182 High Street.   Refurbish roof, new rooflights, insulation and replace existing rooflights.
SDNP/17/01571/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Replace condenser units.




Friends of Lewes Quiz Summer 2017

In how many different places can you find the name “Friends of Lewes” and/or our logo, (current or previous versions), around Lewes?

Previous logo

FoL previous logo

Current logo

FoL current logo

How to enter:

  • Number and list all of the examples of our name or logo which you can find and send the list by post, hand delivery or e-mail to Friends of Lewes by the closing date of September 1st 2017
  • Don’t forget to include your contact details: name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address.


First prize of £40; second prize of £20; third prize of £10; possible bonus prize of £10 for an unusual example which the judges had not thought of!




Battle of Lewes Commemoration events, 10th, 11th, 14th May 2017

Join the Mayor, Councillor Dr Graham Mayhew on the three events being held to commemorate the Battle of Lewes:

Wednesday 10 May, 2pm
Talk by Graham Mayhew: The Battle of Lewes.
Venue: Lewes Town Hall, Council Chamber
Entry: Tickets (free) must be obtained in advance from the Town Hall

Thursday 11 May, 2pm
Battle of Lewes walk, starting from Prison bus stop (south side)
Tickets (£5) must be obtained in advance from Lewes Town Hall – maximum number 30

Proceeds from events to Mayor’s charities

Sunday 14 May, 10am
Commemorative Service, At Anne’s Church

Battle Lewes commemoration flyer 2017 Mayhew image

On 14 May 1264 when the armies of Henry III and Simon de Montfort clashed on the downs above the walled town of Lewes, an estimated 2,700 died in what was one of the bloodiest battles ever to take place in medieval England. A few months later in January 1265 a parliament met in Westminster Hall at which, for the first time, the nobles were joined by representatives of the commons: two knights from every shire and two burgesses from every borough.




Lewes History Group talk on the Southdowns Battalions in WWI: Monday 8 May 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Chris Kempshall: Lowther’s Lambs and the Boar’s Head

The nature and events of the Battle of the Somme have seen it become a byword for loss and tragedy in regards to the First World War.

However, the planning and implementation of the assault, then the biggest effort the British army had ever undertaken, began in the counties and towns of Britain in 1914. The disastrous first day of the Somme also overshadowed other tragedies in the lead up to zero hour.

Dr Chris Kempshall will discuss the route men from Lewes and East Sussex took from joining the Royal Sussex Regiment as ‘Lowther’s Lambs’ to the moment they went over the top on the 30th June 1916 at the Boar’s Head.

He will place the events leading up to the Battle of the Somme in both local and international context. Through this he will show how, to try and ensure success on the first day of the Somme, many soldiers gave their lives on ‘The Day that Sussex Died’.

Lowther's Lambs
Image courtesy of the East Sussex WW1 Project

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.