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BOX 34

 W5334 – "Messrs. Russell, Shop Interior" – 1950

34 - © Edward Reeves Photography

Albion Russell’s shoe shop in Lewes advertised “shoes that really fit the foot are the smartest”. In 1873 his daughter Elizabeth married a shoemaker George Bromley and the first shop to carry the Russell and Bromley name over the door opened in 1880 in Eastbourne.

Tourist Information Centre

THE FACE OF THE HIGH STREET

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?
The Tourist Information Centre has been running for around 20 years. The Information Centre is here for visitors and local residents, and to promote Lewes Town district.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
People were really happy to get their green food recycling bags again.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Someone had popped in to say that they had just seen Grayson Perry and his wife Phillipa by the bowling green.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Full of Beans in the bottleneck – a truly independent and completely wholefood shop: very friendly too! It was the perfect shop of its time.

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?
We are usually really busy in the leadup to bonfire and to Christmas, so late night shopping is often a fun event.

Debby & Tanja at The Tourist Information Centre