Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 13 April 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm

David Smith ‘The Flintman’: Lewes Through the Eyes of a Flint Knapper

Have you ever wondered what snails creep, galletting or bungeroosh means? Could you tell the difference between a right and left handed flint mason? Do you know what Phoenix sand is? Would you know what to do if you came across a paramoudra? These and many more questions will be answered by David during his talk. You will never look at flint walls the same again.

Flintman, David Smith has been working in Lewes and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. His talk will cover the history of flint, showing its use and versatility as a building material. There are various styles of laying and also a variety of finishes. These can vary from construction period and importance of structure, to region and specific location. As well as differences in colour, shape and form, the applications of flint have varied within its historical and functional context. Lewes is no exception to this. Using local references, he will also demonstrate how flint has given Lewes its distinctiveness with examples of the good, the bad and the unusual.

To round off the lecture, David will give a demonstration on the art of flint knapping.

Flint Man, Lewes
Image copyright and courtesy of The Flintman Company

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (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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