Until the late 19th century going away on holiday was only for the wealthy. Then in 1871 the Bank Holiday Act gave workers a few paid holidays each year. Cheap excursions in a charabanc organised by Sunday Schools, employers, temperance societies and commercial promoters were affordable and popular.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
11 years with the Tom Paine Press. Because I live here, and so did Tom Paine.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
Sensible behaviour from customers, who are only too happy to comply with social distancing and mask-wearing.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
… I would like all the small, independent traders which have gone to return, and there are too many blank, ex-shop windows which should be used for displaying arts, crafts, etc. I would also like to see the Post Office back in 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?
Bonfire, May Day, Late Night Shopping.
Peter at The Tom Paine Printing Press