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BOX 23

 WV0181 – "School Hill without monument" – c.1890

23 - © Edward Reeves Photography
20 - © Edward Reeves Photography

The two men with baskets may have been delivering carefully packed goods for J. Buckman, a china and glass merchant. The shop next door, J. Blackett & Son, was a grocer, oil and colour merchant. Colour merchants or ‘Colour Men’ supplied pigments to local manufacturers of various types of paint.

Closet & Botts


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
6.5 years. We both grew up in the area and have settled here. Lewes is the perfect setting for our shop.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Facemasks mainly, and a safe shopping environment.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Seeing how people are loving a bit of freedom again.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Bright Ideas.

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?
Late night shopping.

Chloe and Harriet at Closet & Botts