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H4602a – "Smiths Fire Lewes" – 19 October 1907

59 - © Edward Reeves Photography

The premises at 170 High Street were occupied by Smith’s, general furnishers and photographers. Although no one was hurt in the fire the damage amounted to £4,000 in all. Smith’s were only insured for £2950 – the building for £1,500, stock, fixtures & furniture £1,250 & studio £200.

Pryor’s pork butchers was one of eighteen butcher’s shops in Lewes at the time, three of which were specialist pork butchers. 

Paul Clark Menswear


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
We have been in business in Lewes now since 2008 so 12 years now.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Men in particular have been requesting our shaving creams and shaving soaps.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
We loved receiving the kind letters and comments people left for us during lockdown. One letter in particular touched all our hearts.

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 the return of Catlin’s the newsagents, Stephen was always a font of local knowledge.

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 looking forward to the Lewes Late Night Shopping event in December.

Paul at Paul Clark Clothiers

Pictured: Natalie