Lewes History Group AGM and a talk on Public Art in Lewes – Monday 9 December 2019, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Following a brief AGM, Andrew Buxton will reveal many aspects of the history of Lewes that are represented by statues, monuments, murals and other artworks such as the sculpture of madrigal singers in Grange Gardens and the Battle of Lewes helmet in the Priory grounds. This illustrated talk builds on Andrew’s “Lewes Public Art Trail” leaflet available from the Tourist Office.

Early history is represented by the stylised ammonite ‘snail’ on the Cuilfail roundabout, and capitals on Gideon Mantell’s house. Later references are the painting of the Priory garden on Friars Walk, the Helmet commemorating the Battle of Lewes in the Priory grounds, the madrigal singers in Grange Gardens commemorating Nicholas Yonge, the statue of Tom Paine outside the Library and the painting of him under the Market Tower.

The twentieth century is represented by the War Memorial on the High Street and the frieze at County Hall. Most recent are murals on Friars Walk and Station Street supporting the Extinction Rebellion campaign.

Madrigal Singers sculpture, Grange Gardens, Lewes
Madrigal Singers, Grange Gardens, photo © Andrew Buxton

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

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)

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