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BOX 76

W2867c – "D. Roberts Esq. Borough Surveyor - High Street looking up, lamp in foreground" – 1921

76 - © Edward Reeves Photography
76 - © Edward Reeves Photography

Street lighting in Lewes has evolved over 200 years with improvements in technology. Beginning with candles in lamps lit in the evenings by a lamp lighter, gas lighting came to Lewes in 1822. By the end of the 19th century electric street lights using incandescent light bulbs were available. Today LED lights and part night lighting schemes are used to save money and reduce carbon emissions.

96 High Street


How long have you lived here and what is special about living on Lewes High Street?
9 years. The buzz of central Lewes.

How has life on the High Street changed since lockdown has been lifted?
Back to the excessive car traffic, unfortunately.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction in the High Street over the last six months?
The first time I noticed the quiet of lockdown.

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?

Valerie & Hugh at 96 High Street