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 H12733 – "J. Presbury Esq. Announcement Board at Cinema Deluxe Lewes" – 1922

02 - © Edward Reeves Photography

The telephone – an instrument for the future?

Although the New Telephone Company had an agent in Lewes in 1888, take up must have been slow. Established in 1904, Martins garage had number 45. Telephone number 1 was held by Chatfield and Son, timber merchants. Number 2 – J. Every, ironfounder. Harvey and Son 26, and Edward Reeves 74.

Alistair Fleming


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
36 years on Cliffe High Street. Because it is Alistair’s home.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Cherishing genuine human interaction. Having some very cutting-edge designs be made into reality.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Simon Beer Silversmith or Stewart Morris Invention & Bike Trailers.

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?
Bonfire Night.

Dougal at Alastair Fleming

Pictured: Alastair