Article on the Winterbourne and Cockshut streams, by Marcus Taylor

Marcus Taylor looks at two streams in Lewes which, though very short, have had a significant effects on the town over the centuries.

One made possible the building of Lewes Priory and supplied its advanced drainage systems and ponds with water. The other, with its seasonal flow and thus a dry channel for much of the year, has brought disruptive flooding to Southover on many occasions.

This new online article is based on Marcus’s talk to the Friends of Lewes in May 2022.

Winterbourne and Cockshut – the streams of Western Lewes

Lewes flood 1960
Flooding in Lewes 1960

 

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