Following a brief AGM we will have two presentations. Ian McClelland will present some highlights of the Street Stories programme, which has been evolving over the last 5 years, and will consider options for its future development.
Then Heather Downie will give us an update on her latest research into the development of South Street. This is ongoing and she is building a broad picture of its social history.
She explains, “The street, which spans two parishes, is shown as well established on 17th century maps. The canalised river running alongside the road was a major artery for trade and South Street had various associated industries, including timber yards, shipping wharves, gas works and a large cement works.
“In the 20th century industry declined and traffic, once the blight of the street, has mostly been removed via the tunnel. New and replacement housing has been added each decade, making the streetscape varied and interesting and contributing to the changing social make-up of the area.”
Heather has also worked on the censuses of 1841 to 1911 to get a picture of the people who lived on the street. After 1911 she has relied on street directories, a 1939 Register, and memories of living residents.
Agenda: All are welcome from 7.00pm for festive mince pies and mulled wine, and updates on the Group’s activities. The AGM will begin promptly at 7:30pm, followed by the talks.
Entry for this meeting, incorporating the AGM, is free to Lewes History Group members, and £3 for non-members, payable at the door.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)