Strong objections were made when the Post Office was moved ‘up the hill’ to 65 High Street in 1876. ‘This great change is made without the slightest attempt to ascertain the feelings of the Town on this subject!’ wrote the editor of the local paper.
Number 68 was the original premises of Edward Reeves when he was a watchmaker and jeweller.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Beckworths has been open for 25 years. Sharon has been running it since May 2016. Lucy has worked there on and off for 11 years (she thinks!).
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Pasta, flour, loo roll, yeast! And our time. People really want to talk about this mad pandemic and we happily entertain that.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Getting local kids to draw pictures and make crafty bits for us to put in the delivery boxes. Our customers really loved them.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Lucy thought about this... Kemps, Lucy of Lewes, The Gourmet all came up, but she settled on 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 and Bonfire Night.
Sharon & Lucy at Beckworths