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 W0297 – "Mr Wightman Shopfront" – c.1900

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"G. J. Wightman. Ironmonger and stove and range manufacturer, implement agent, iron and brass founder." A Lewesian remembered "a real country ironmonger's business. Apart from doing business in the town, they supplied blacksmiths and wheelwrights throughout Sussex. [However] their business was affected by the advent of cars." (Lewes Remembers: Shops and Shopping)

Barbican Carpets

THE FACE OF THE HIGH STREET

How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
I have been in business in Lewes for 40 years. I am Lewes born and bred and consider this to be the only town I would wish to base my business.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
I haven't had a favourite single moment or interaction. Although the relief I share with my customers that Lewes has bounced back relatively unscathed and is open for business once again is probably my best feeling.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
I would love to see an independent hardware shop return to our High Street. We lack a shop similar to Mence Smiths of the 1960’s who traded in the High Street. They had all manner of goods to satisfy their customers.

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?
As a Bonfire Boy, the return of Lewes Bonfire Night would be my choice.

David at Barbican Carpets