Lewes

Historic Guided Walks Lewes

Historic Guided Walks Lewes Town Centre (New
Thursdays 1000 weekly from 7th April - 30th June

Conveners: Mary Burke and Kim Bishop

Mary Burke is an accredited Town Guide for Lewes and has been running Guided Historic Town Walks for 30 years. She is offering free Guided Walks lasting about 1hour 30mins, starting from the Tourist Information Centre or other location. Walks guided either by herself or by her experienced colleague Kim Bishop.

Walks offered: Spring 2022

WALK 1: HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE Meet at 10am Tourist Information Office. A fascinating stroll around historic town centre including the Castle Precincts, and the Historic High Street down School Hill to the River. With details of ancient buildings from Medieval times and local characters such as Tom Paine and Gideon Mantell.

WALK 2: SOUTHOVER AND PRIORY RUINS Meet at 10am outside Anne of Cleves House. Discover the history of Anne of Cleves House and other fascinating facts about the Southover parish of Lewes. Find out who built the Medieval Priory of St Pancras, why it was so important and visit the ruins left after the dissolution by Thomas Cromwell at the time of Henry VIII.

WALK 3: THE RIVER OUSE AND CLIFFE Meet at 10am on Cliffe Bridge. The bridge over the Ouse was a focal point for the growth of Lewes as a market town from Saxon times. By the 18th century Lewes was an important port for the local iron industry and trade of all manner of goods by sailing ship. We will visit the historical sites in the Cliffe area and learn the story of the worse avalanche in British history.

WALK 4: A STROLL WITH MRS DUDENEY Meet at 10am at the Tourist Information Office. Mrs Dudeney was a popular novelist who lived in Lewes 1916 - 1944. She wrote a remarkable diary with lots of gossip and interesting details of Lewes life. We will visit some of the properties connected with her, find out what she was up to at the time and about some of the characters involved in her life.

WALK 5: THE HISTORY OF DISSENTING CHAPELS Meet at 10am Tourist Information Office. From the 16th Century, Lewes became a town of religious dissent. We will visit the outside of several of the chapels still in existence, buildings often now converted to other uses, and find out about some of the reasons for the range of Protestant sects and why Lewes became such a hotbed of religious conflict.

WALK 6: A TRAIL OF LEWES PUBS PAST AND PRESENT Meet at 10am at the Tourist Information Office. Lewes at one time had up to 70 pubs and 7 breweries. Our route takes us along the High Street and to various sites of former breweries and pubs often now converted to other uses. We discover fascinating details about pubs past and present and there may be time for a ‘swift half’ at the end!

WALK 7: THE PELLS AND ‘NEW TOWN’ OF LEWES Meet at the Tourist Information Office at 10am. Our route takes us behind the High Street into the interesting new developments of the early 19th century as the population of Lewes grew. We visit Albion Street, Sun Street. St John sub Castro and Churchyard down to the Pells. We retrace our steps via Market Street and Brooman’s Lane to Friars Walk and All Saints Church.

MAX 8 PEOPLE, NO DOGS AND PLEASE BRING AN UMBRELLA IF WET.

YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO WALK FOR THE WHOLE TIME, SOME STAIRS AND UPHILL IN PLACES. IF THE WEATHER IS REALLY AWFUL WE WILL CANCEL A WALK AND RE-ARRANGE BY EMAILING YOU. THERE WILL BE AN OPTIONAL COFFEE STOP AT THE END OF EACH WALK.

Walks are booked by contacting Mary directly: giving details of your name, telephone number and email address.

Dates for Programme of Walks:
Thursdays from 10am

April 7 WALK 1 Meet at the Tourist Office
April 14 WALK 2 Meet at Anne of Cleves House
April 21 WALK 3 Meet on Cliffe Bridge
April 28 WALK 4 Meet at the Tourist Office
May 5 WALK 5 Meet at the Tourist Office
May 12 WALK 6 Meet at the Tourist Office
May 19 WALK 7 Meet at the Tourist Office
May 26 WALK 3 Meet on Cliffe Bridge
June 2 Bank HolidayNo walk
June 9 WALK 1 Meet at the Tourist Office
June16 WALK 2 Meet at Anne of Cleves House
June 23 WALK 4 Meet at the Tourist Office
June 30 WALK 7 Meet at the Tourist Office
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