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Moving to Lewes

On 23 Jun 2010 at 9:33pm art vandelay wrote:
Hello all
My family (wife, three-yr-old and me) are thinking of moving to Lewes sometime soon - hopefully before bonfire, or at least Christmas.
We're only coming from as far as Seaford so hopefully won't be tarred as 'DFLs' and hated!
Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations for nice areas in town to live? Or advice about where to avoid? Also, how is it for kids? Anywhere particularly (un)friendly?
On 23 Jun 2010 at 9:43pm self wrote:
its fine, nice areas to live? all areas are nice, its Lewes, maybe you should actually visit Lewes and speak to people, asking questions like those will only attract negative responses.
On 23 Jun 2010 at 9:52pm art vandelay wrote:
thanks self!
i have of course visited quite a few times, and of course i understand what you mean about negative responses (i've read some of the other threads!). and i do have a few friends in the town too. i just thought it might be good to get a few more opinions.
thanks again for your response and the reminder that the whole of lewes is nice - i wouldn't be trying to move there if i didn't agree! maybe i should have thought of that before i posted!
On 23 Jun 2010 at 9:59pm self wrote:
what i meant was that if i said wallands estate was bad or landport etc people who live in those area may read the comment and then feel offended and then respond with negative way, which actually wouldnt give you the answer, honestly i have lived here all my life as do my children and it is a great town, not perfect but im happy to live here, hope that clarify's things.
On 23 Jun 2010 at 10:16pm art vandelay wrote:
thanks so much. i see what you mean.
thanks for reading between the lines of my post - i honestly wasn't meaning to ask people to name names about where the 'bad' parts of town are and i apologise if that's how it came across.
if anything i was hoping for encouragement to come to lewes, and your positive post has done that so thanks again
i shall buy you a pint when i've moved in
On 23 Jun 2010 at 10:46pm MC wrote:
I live in Barcombe but if I lived in Lewes I'd like to live up the cliffe myself. Looks nicely over the town and doesn't flood but quick to get to the lovely Cliffe High Street.
Wallands is OK but too far from CHS for my liking.
On 23 Jun 2010 at 10:53pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
If you are planning on renting or buying do your sums carefully - some areas of town - the conservation areas - are much much more expensive than others - basically southover, cliffe and round the castle attract a premium. Pells and Neville are very family oriented areas, neville is an estate of 30/50's houses in the main, Pells small victorian terraces, but pricey. Wallands is bigger suburban houses of all eras and again, pricey. The further from the centre, the cheaper it is.
You also will want to look at schools for your kids. Most primaries seem good and Priory (secondary) has just had an 'oustanding' ofsted report.
Lewes is lovely place to live and don;t worry about the dfl haters - they only seem to appear on this forum - everyone we have met have been very welcoming.
On 23 Jun 2010 at 10:54pm art vandelay wrote:
good point, we'd like to be near the river ideally (near the pells maybe, or cliffe as you say) but flooding is a worry.
thanks for the thoughts, MC
all the best
On 23 Jun 2010 at 11:02pm art vandelay wrote:
Cheers BBelle. Really good stuff.
Believe me we've done the sums - it's renting for us and we're looking for a 2-bed place. not much cash to spare but worth it for the move - we've a few great friends in seaford but lewes is where we'd like to settle if we can.
thanks for the school advice. as you said, i think all of them seem good. secondary school is a bit far away for us to worry about yet
really looking forward to the move now - hoping to start looking at places next month!
On 23 Jun 2010 at 11:02pm Chuck wrote:
Brixtonbelle, I know plenty of DFL haters who don't come on this site. Anyway, do you think people are really going to say something to your face?
On 23 Jun 2010 at 11:08pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Course not, Chuck. We are British after all.
On 23 Jun 2010 at 11:55pm My Idol wrote:
Pete Messer hates you bb, and he rocks.
On 24 Jun 2010 at 12:30pm Commuter wrote:
Malling is a really nice place to live, rent is very reasonable too and not far from the centre of town.
On 24 Jun 2010 at 12:45pm art vandelay wrote:
Thanks, Commuter
On 24 Jun 2010 at 2:57pm Commuter too wrote:
Yeah Malling is cool. I love it. The main road is a bit bad but thats the only compromise. I love it
On 24 Jun 2010 at 5:42pm art vandelay wrote:
Thanks, Commuter too
On 24 Jun 2010 at 7:39pm supporter wrote:
I have lived in Malling for over 50 years now and it's a great place to live.

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