Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, started out as a bridging point and market town. Steeped in history, the town was an important Saxon burgh by 900, boasting two licensed mints. Its importance was reinforced when William de Warenne, a key ally of William the Conqueror, built his castles here. First a temporary building on Brack Mount, known as Bray Castle, and second the impressive stone and flint building erected nearby, so giving Lewes, perhaps uniquely, two mottes and one castle. Lewes Castle still dominates and is well worth a visit.
Intercepted by the River Ouse, there are a number of gorgeous countryside walks to take advantage of in this charming ancient town. The Postcard Collection beautifully illustrates the culture and character of Lewes, taking us on a journey through its historical past.
Bob Cairns has lived in Ringmer for over 40 years. A retired Personnel Manager he worked in Lewes for 39 years. He was born in Newhaven, and with family there for 400 years, feels local to this area. His interests are varied and include local and family history, gardening, books, music, travel, Probus and U3A. He has collected Edwardian picture postcards of Lewes, Ringmer and the surrounding villages for 40 years and has amassed 2000 cards of Lewes and 1800 of the surrounding villages.