The cycle hire business of C.H. Markwick was next to the railway viaduct in Eastgate Wharf in the early 1880s. There are six penny-farthings and two tricycles. With machines costing between £7 and £25 to buy, hiring was a popular alternative, the advertised rates here being 6d (2.5 pence) per hour and 2s 6d (12.5 pence) per day.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
St Peter and St James Hospice has been operating charity shops for over 10 years, and we have two locations here. Lewes has a very positive culture of reusability and conscientiousness, so it has been a very successful location for both of our shops here.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
I had several of our regulars approach me during lockdown to ask after the shop and to find out when we might be reopening, and people's reactions now that we have reopened have been extremely positive.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Having grown up in Lewes during the 90's and 00's, I keenly miss Bright Ideas, and all the bits and bobs I used to get there. I'd also love to see all the individual greengrocers, butchers, etc. come back, although I worry I've become too accustomed to the convenience of buying everything in one place.
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 is the obvious answer here, and certainly pretty much at the top of my list, but there are many other events I'll be missing as well, such as late-night shopping.
Julia at St Peter & St James Hospice