History of Lewes


Lewes has been at the centre of Sussex History since it's history began. It's location has been significant in the Town's advancement throught the ages, with it's river, the Ouse, playing a large part in the founding of it. The town is built on a hill and is surrounded by other, loftier mounds, that seem to embrace and protect the site. The Ouse meanders through the town and carries onwards through the Downs to the sea at Newhaven with an almost carefree and cavalier attitude.

Although the ancient history of Lewes cannot be proved with any documents, there is no doubt the area was home to the Romans and may well have been inhabited by earlier settlers whose evidence has all but receeded into the mists of time. The story of Lewes from the Norman Conquest is recorded quite well and much detail can be gleaned from various sources to provide the student and historian with fuel for many a debate.

Lewes is for myself, the gem of Sussex Towns, and I never tire of my forays into it's past, and indeed, it's present! For Lewes is as much a living Town as an ancient one, and there is much to do here for all tastes. It's history is evident everywhere with it's old narrow lanes, each with stories to tell and the varied and detailed architecture of it's buildings is a joy to behold and are a source of almost unlimited material for photographers.

If you plan a visit to Sussex then Lewes is definitely worth a few hours of your time and a day or more would do better justice to it's myriad of attractions and distractions.