Lewes History Group talk: Lewes in the 1790s: A time of change – Monday 11 October 2021, 7:20 for 7:30pm start

A Zoom Webinar

Debby Matthews: Lewes in the 1790s: a Time of Change

The world of the 1790s were truly turbulent times, both politically and socially. In Lewes they were no less momentous and Thomas (1750-1807), father to Gideon Mantell, played his part. This talk will look at the actions and activities of Thomas Mantell, cordwainer and non-conformist, within this context to uncover more of this enigmatic character and the development of Lewes.

Thomas exists very much in the shadow of his famous son, Gideon, who was born on 3 February 1790 in St Mary’s Lane (now Station Street) in Lewes and leaves his own record of growing up in Georgian Lewes. With a combination of the actions of the father and the words of the son we can get a clearer picture of Lewes at this time.

Edwards Map of Lewes 1799, SAS Library
From 1799 Lewes Town Plan, by Edwards. Courtesy of Sussex Archaeological Society

To join this talk, you need to
  1) register your intention in advance
  2) receive our confirmation email with a link to the talk
  3) click on that link to attend the talk 10 minutes before it starts

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. 

Non-members can buy a ticket (£4) from TicketSource. The ticket will provide a link to Zoom registration. Then please follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as above.

Please join the webinar at 7:20pm.

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Our presenters will be speaking live, and you can ask questions by typing in the Q&A box in Zoom.

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