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BOX 77

H16045 – "Mr Watson, Boy and Trade Cycle" – 1934

77 - © Edward Reeves Photography
The school leaving age was set at 14 in 1918, so leaving school on Friday and starting work on Monday was the typical experience for a 14 year old in the 1930s. The earnings of children were a vital income for many poor households. 23% of 14 year old boys were employed as delivery boys in 1931, before competing for an apprenticeship in a skilled trade.


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
We opened our shop on the 4th December 1997 which just happened to be the ‘Late Night Christmas Shopping’ evening in Lewes. We came to Lewes because we were able to find affordable premises in ‘The Old Needlemakers’ – like many new retail businesses in Lewes.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Soap dispensers.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
We had a lot more mail order during lockdown.

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Currys in the Precinct – very handy for consumer electricals.

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?
Late Night Christmas shopping is our anniversary.

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