The town’s butchers sold local meat. A twice-monthly livestock market was introduced to Lewes in 1789. Held in the High Street, it caused increasing ‘obstruction, danger and inconvenience’ until 1879 when it was moved, initially to land in Pells, and in 1883 to Garden Street to be closer to the new railway. It closed in 1992.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Roundabout was opened 35 years ago by my mum Jill Webb and I took over eight years ago. My family has lived in Lewes for 4 generations. Mum wanted to be around for my sisters and I so a shop that was close to our home in Morris Road was a good fit. I've continued with this, walking to work and being able to be there for our children is important for us.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Masks! Our daughter Betty has been very busy making masks and we have sold lots of them in the shop.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Having time to make a website with my husband and go online and having my first online sale.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
I'm proud to be part of Lewes's independent shop culture, but I do miss Woolworths. It had everything you needed: sweets, toys, underwear, bulbs and bin liners. As a child, teenager and a mum I found it was really useful.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Has to be bonfire night.
Esther at Roundabout Dress Agency