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BOX 61

W2926 – "Mr Reed, Milk Float Shopping Week" – 1922

61 - © Edward Reeves Photography
The Sussex Express reported an exciting incident which occurred in Rotten Row in January 1912. A horse attached to a milk float belonging to Mr A.J. Reed, dairyman of School Hill, became frightened by the snapping of a shaft and bolted towards Southover. The churn containing the milk was thrown into the road, as were the eggs and butter. The horse was finally stopped near St Pancras Terrace.
Bonne Bouche


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
The shop has been here since 1987 and I bought it in 2016… When Dad died in 2014 I thought I ought to unpack my suitcase and keep an eye on my Mum. So, I looked for some kind of local work and saw this lovely chocolate shop in a pretty little lane for sale… so I bought it! It’s been great coming back home and re-discovering this beautiful town, and what better thing to be selling than a little bit of happiness in the shape of a Chocolate!

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
People are buying bigger boxes of chocolates so they last longer and so they can hide away at home and eat them. Also, ordering boxes to be delivered or sent to their loved ones.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
The relief that people emailed and rang me to order Easter Eggs, so I didn’t have to eat them all myself! … though I did have to eat quite a few!

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Woolworths because it had everything! And The Record Bar, where I bought my first record… Or my Dad’s business “Frost Refrigeration” at the bottom of School Hill where Silverado is now. He did Air Conditioning too, which would have been helpful for my shop…

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?
In the street: “Bonfire!” … But also playing Pool (Lewes and District Pool League) in the Brewers Arms and other pubs!

Gilda at Bonne Bouche