Sun Street is in the conservation area of Lewes situated in the area known as the ‘New Town’ in the parish of St John sub Castro.
A team from the Lewes History Group carried out the research into the history of Sun Street from 2013 to 2016. They were inspired by those who attended their very successful exhibitions in 2014 and 2015 to produce a book which was published by the Lewes History Group in 2016.
The authors describe the origins of Sun Street and the construction of the houses, and also unexpected findings such as the employee of Albion Russell and Co. (forerunner of Russell and Bromley) who had previously made boots in Sun Street. Other discoveries were that the Lewes Wanderers cycle club’s home was the Fruiterers Arms, and that in the 1950s the Salvation Army held Sunday meetings under a gas lamp in the street.
The book includes previously unpublished family photos of the current and former residents of the street, along with photos of the model of the 1960s proposed Relief Road, found on a high shelf at the East Sussex Record Office. The book also includes stories of unfortunate residents hauled before the local magistrates and of those serving King and Country.
The ‘The Sun Street Story‘ book, priced at £8.50, is now out of print, but available at Lewes library, Sussex Archaeological Society library and at East Sussex Record Office, The Keep, Brighton.
Brian Cheesmur, Rosemary Page, Frances Stenlake, Susan Weeks: The Sun Street Story. Lewes History Group, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-9956064-0-1
- March 2017 Sussex Life review of The Sun Street Story
- Review in Sussex Family Historian, Volume 22, No. 6, June 2017, page 270
- Jane Vokins’ review of The Sun Street Story, published in the Sussex Archaeological Society’s magazine Sussex Past & Present, Number 142, August 2017, page 14.