Christmas Meeting – Monday 10 December 2012, 7:30pm

John Kay: The History of Southover Grange

An interval with mince pies & mulled wine

Ian McClelland: Lewes History Group Inaugural AGM
For details of the AGM, see the 3rd item on the November Bulletin

Southover Grange, one of the best known Lewes buildings, has featured in the local news recently. Lewes District Council intends to rationalise its property portfolio, and proposes that buildings surplus to requirements will be disposed of. News that East Sussex County Council had not renewed its lease of its premises in Southover Grange, so that the local registry office would move to an office block behind Tesco and weddings to the Town Hall, pointed to an uncertain future. John’s short talk will cover the history of this house. Three centuries as the private home of the Newton family was followed by 75 years in a succession of hands, not all of them careful, prior to its purchase by Lewes Borough Council for the benefit of the town at the end of World War II. The Borough’s initial plans for it may surprise you.

As usual all are welcome. We will be serving mince pies and mulled wine during the interval in place of coffee and biscuits before the meeting.

Venue: The new King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.




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