On 12 May 2015 at 3:34pm Celia Lunn wrote:
On 12 May 2015 at 3:39pm Celia Lunn wrote:
My mother and her siblings were evacuated to Lewes in the war. She remembers one afternoon when her sister, aged about 8, was walking home from school when a bomb went off close to her. Although unharmed, she was very shaken and was carried home, covered in dust etc, by a kind gentleman. I wondered if anyone has any further info or memories of this please.
On 12 May 2015 at 5:12pm otto wrote:
I was following orders. I am just a palindrome
On 13 May 2015 at 11:24am Lewes Resident wrote:
Bombs were dropped on Lewes on at least one daytime occasion. The North Street area was damaged.
Sorry, I haven't got details here, but the attack is fairly well documented and tehre a re a few photos about showign th damage in North Street. From memory it was a fairly opportunist attack by a passing flight of Bf109 fighter-bombers rather than a deliberately targetted bombing raid.
On 13 May 2015 at 11:45am Lewes Resident wrote:
A few moments on Google suggests the raid I was thinking of took place on or around 20th January 1943?
On 13 May 2015 at 2:09pm Celia Lunn wrote:
Thank you for your replies Lewes Resident. That gives me something to go on. I shall have another google search.
On 13 May 2015 at 2:13pm Local Resident wrote:
There were at least 3 bombs dropped in North St by the Naval Prison, another in West St, and another at the end of New Street. Not necessarily in the same raid. There is information available about these incidents, and images of the damage . There are also still people in Lewes that remember what occurred.
On 13 May 2015 at 2:28pm Celia Lunn wrote:
Many thanks. On another thread "Lewes in the Blitz" someone has written that they were told there was an article written in a local paper about the bombing at the Needlemakers, with a photo with it, also that a young lady was blasted in the event but survived. I am going to search Viva Lewes back copies to see if it was that publication.
On 13 May 2015 at 4:25pm babadier wrote:
There's supposed to be a WW2 bomb still in Grange Gardens. concreted over and sealed in. I cant remember where I heard that.
On 13 May 2015 at 9:55pm ohdier wrote:
In a dream perhaps?
On 14 May 2015 at 10:19am Lewes Resident wrote:
The story of the "unrecovered" bomb in Grange Gardens is well known, but I have no idea whether it is true or an urban legend. The story goes that they were unable to defuse/retrieve it as it was so close to Winterbourne stream, as excavation of the wet gound was impossible, so they simply concreted over and backfilled the hole....all perfectly plausible under the circumstances.
As for North Street incident, there is a widely published image looking up North Street from somewhere close to what is now the (new) Police Station, showing a lot of damage/rubble in North Street etc.
On 22 Jun 2015 at 5:15pm mrgravy wrote:
I have an excellent book called Lewes at War by R.A. Elliston which details the various occasions of bombs hitting Lewes during WW2. There were two main occurrences in October 1940 and May 1943, and according to the book there is indeed an unexploded bomb still interred under the Grange.
On 16 Oct 2018 at 5:38pm Kambo treatments wrote:
Got this photo from shop in cliff high st, I think itís the stag pub on the corner of north st & &little east st