Lewes Street Stories: Abinger Place


Abinger Place today (2016)Abinger Place 2016 as seen from Castle Banks

Nowadays Abinger Place is a residential area in the conservation area of Lewes and a broad, one way thoroughfare for traffic. It is also used by many pedestrians on their way into town from the Landport, Malling and Pells areas.

As a 21st century resident in Abinger Place I became fascinated by its past and inspired to do some research after seeing an exhibition about neighbouring Sun Street in 2015.  I started by imagining what Abinger Place was like before it was developed in the early 19th century as part of  Lewes New Town. What had the land been used for?  Who owned it? Was there always a track or road or path? What is the story behind the gallows? These and other questions sprang to mind.

My Abinger Place Research Summary describes how the piece of land (now Abinger Place) situated on the crest of a steep hillside on the north west side of Lewes, was shaped by events in the town throughout the centuries from Roman times to the 19th century. This summary is also available as a pdf [1.4MB] for printing.

Further research will focus on a time of rapid development in the 19th century which included the development of a residential area, a new church and a pub. There are also events and anecdotes from the 20th century worthy of inclusion in this history of a Lewes road.

I will be grateful for any photos, press cuttings and records and anecdotes that readers want to include.

Researcher: Judy Gable

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