Although 19th century mass production reduced the price of boots and shoes, as late as the 1920s some children went barefoot in the streets. Charitable ‘Boot Funds’ were founded in towns and cities to provide footwear to poor children to allow them to attend school. The Children’s Boot Fund in Coventry still provides a pair of school shoes to children from over 400 local low-income families every year.
How long have you lived here and what is special about living on Lewes High Street?
We have lived here for 8 months. Getting to know more people and watching town life go by.
How has life on the High Street changed since lockdown has been lifted?
More people out and about and no parking.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction in the High Street over the last six months?
Clapping for the NHS on Thursday.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
The wine shop because it was only 8 doors down.
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 night and late-night shopping.
Matthew & Molly (& Willow) at 160 High Street