David Arscott: Floreat Lewys – the chequered history of Lewes Old Grammar School
Back in the 1960s an eccentric headmaster of Lewes Old Grammar School took its records into the yard and burned the lot.
This inexplicable act of vandalism gave local author David Arscott a tough, but stimulating, task 50 years later when he was commissioned to write and publish the school’s 500-year history.
David will be revealing to us what he discovered, and says ‘The school’s story has been a roller-coaster ride, from the high status of its medieval origins on the original Southover site, where the diarist John Evelyn was a pupil, through a near-terminal decline in the Victorian period on its current site, to today’s thriving community of more than 500 boys and girls.’
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 £1 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.