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 W3472 – "Messrs. Woolworths Shop Front" – 1929

08 - © Edward Reeves Photography

Woolworth’s carried a wide variety of everyday goods for the home, and customers would have expected to find a comprehensive range of gas mantles for sale at a time when most houses were still lit by gas. Although window displays were based on instructions from the District Office, buyers were sometimes encouraged to contact local manufacturers to lend material to create imaginative displays.

Browns Hair & Beauty


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Browns has been trading in Lewes for 15 years. We opened on June 16th, 2005.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
In the first few weeks of opening lots of our clients were embracing their grown-out hair and were keeping it longer trying out a new style.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Favourite moment of reopening was receiving the wonderful cards from our lovely clients so happy to see us back open.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
For us it has to be the faithful Woolworths!! From being able to get whatever you needed at that time, to watching them putting out the Christmas cards, decorations and filling the store with Christmas gifts.

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?
Well that has to be late night shopping. The town is filled with positive spirit even in the rain. It will be sad not to see it this year. 

Annette at Browns Hair & Beauty

Pictured: Annette, Jo, Lynette, Chloe, Chloe, Jess & Amy