From the mid 1800’s dog licences were mandatory, but the requirement was widely ignored with only about half of owners having one. Originally costing up to 12s depending on the breed, in 1878 the fee became 7s 6d, which converted to 37½p in 1971. The dog licence was abolished in England in 1987. Since 2016 all dogs in England must be microchipped.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Cooper and Son have been in Lewes for the best part of 40 years under the original guidance of Clive Cooper.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Not really, people have seemed to accept the regulations under which we have to work to.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
We have been open throughout lockdown and families have been grateful to be able to have a funeral, even though less people have been able to attend.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
A small local supermarket, we think it was called Liptons. Maybe a fresh fruit and veg shop or fishmonger.
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 or late night shopping.
Damian and Angela at Cooper & Son