Lewes History Group talk: Lewes and the Country Gentry c1640-1830 – Monday 12 April 2021, 7:20 for 7:30pm start

A Zoom Webinar

Sue Berry: Lewes and the Country Gentry c1640-1830: politics, leisure and patronage

Small towns like Lewes flourished during the eighteenth century as regional centres. Providing a widening range of goods and services to local landowners was an important source of income.  Landowners employed craftsmen to work on their houses, bought clothes and furnishings and supported costly local social activities such as the Races.

Some invested in the turnpikes, improvements to the river Ouse and in lime works, all of which brought employment to Lewes townsfolk. Many boosted agricultural outputs by enlarging farms, so giving the town more to market.

Some landowners spent a lot of money in the town because they wanted to be MPs for Lewes, which had two seats, and were trying to bribe those who could vote. Until the Secret Ballot became law in 1872, voting was public. Elections in Lewes were lively and costly to the landowners involved; bribery, corruption and bullying were the norm, as we will see.

Firle Place, by Lambert Jnr 1786
Firle Place, by James Lambert Jnr. Image courtesy of the Sussex Archaeological Society

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LHG Members can attend our talks for free. We will send members emails with a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above. 

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Please join the webinar at 7:20pm.

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See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.