Lewes History Group talk: A Sussex Christmas– Monday 14 December 2020, 7:20 for 7:30pm start

This talk will be followed by a short Lewes History Group AGM for members, scheduled for 8:45pm on Zoom. [AGM Zoom link was sent to LHG members on 27.11.20, and will be re-sent at a later date]

A Zoom Webinar

Chris Horlock: A Sussex Christmas

Lewes History Group’s December talk on Zoom by local historian Chris Horlock reveals how the people of Sussex celebrated Christmas in the past. Even those who know Sussex well will discover some new and surprising things in his talk.

Many of the customs of the traditional twelve days of Christmas are detailed, including putting up the decorations, bringing in the yule log, preparing the Christmas day feast, plus the curious ‘Mummer’s Play’ entertainment. There’s a Christmas tale or two along the way, including a mysterious incident during the great snowstorm of 1881, plus how in 1939, the snow at Burwash was not the usual colour!

Chris Horlock is an expert on Sussex folklore and folk history, and a collector of old photographs. He writes regularly for Sussex Life, has published a number of books and is an accomplished speaker.

Skating on Falmer pond c1908
Skating on Falmer pond c.1908

To access this talk, you need to register your intention some days in advance: Click to Register

There is no charge for this talk.

After registering and well before the talk, we will send you a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar itself.

Please join the webinar at 7:20pm.

We would recommend a computer screen or an iPad as a minimum screen-size for viewing our webinars.

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.


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New book: 100 Lewes Women: Women’s lives in Lewes Past and Present

This new book edited by Diana Wilkins, and launched to mark Equal Pay Day, tells the stories of 100 inspiring Lewes women who have made a difference to our community. They include women who successfully campaigned to change the way we vote, and women who succeeded in science, business and the arts.

100 Lewes Women book coverThe book also highlights the hopes of today’s generation. In 2019, a hundred girls from local schools were invited by mayor Janet Baah to speak directly about their concerns and aspirations. We hear about the changes the rising generation want to see over the coming decade.

You can order the book via the Contact page of the vote100lewes website, (£8.50 inc p&p, 88 pages A5 perfect bound). The book will also be on sale at Lewes Tourist Office when open and at Lewes Football Club shop on match days.

Download a free pdf of the book

Photo ©
 Edward Reeves Photography, Lewes


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The Pells of Lewes – book back in stock

Published on 1 September 2020, our first edition sold out in under a month. We are glad to say that the new edition is now in stock!

Currently available from the Lewes History Group, you will also be able to buy it from Tourist Information Centre, and the Cafe at St John Sub Castro church, when they reopen on 3 December 2020.

Pells of Lewes D. Arnold article Sussex Express 23.10.20 p40The book continues to generate interest in this area of Lewes, and seems to be inspiring others to find out even more.

Read David Arnold’s recent County Yarns column for the Sussex Express where he has has expanded on the Pells’ watery theme.

The Pells of Lewes is edited by Ruth Thomson and Sarah Bayliss, and features chapters by 16 authors.

Click on the image to read David’s article

Image from the Sussex Express, with thanks


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