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On 18 Jun 2012 at 12:52am Rosie cheeks wrote:
Does anyone remember The Den, bottom of Cliffe High St. Also Wightman and Parrish opposite Barclays Bank. There were a lot of shops along Southover High St.
On 19 Jun 2012 at 7:00am drone wrote:
Crees the butchers shop was opposite the Kings Head. Jenkins & Stripp, the newsagent/tobacconist at the top of Station Street was one of the last places in town to have a cigarette machine outside. I suspect that it was an urban myth that the machine was removed when the Mountfield Road school kids discovered that it could be manipulated with an ice lolly stick. Talking of the Southover end of town, does anyone remember the little sweet & tabacco kiosk outside Lewes station & the ticket collector/porter, Bill Kedge, who used to decorate the station concourse at Christmas? And of course Intersport used to be at junction of Garden Streeet & Southover High Street. But none of this was that long ago.
On 19 Jun 2012 at 8:16am Pete wrote:
Nope, don't remember any of these.
On 19 Jun 2012 at 11:59am Peter Pan wrote:
Or even futher back 1950 ? Mitchell in Southover who had a shop selling Paraffin that used to deliver round all the local villages with a red van or lorry with all the measuring jugs hanging of the back 'and then down the side street by Mitchells you had Bill Roberts the scrap yard. Also where in Lewes was the last Pink Paraffin vending machine or have we forgotten all about them
On 19 Jun 2012 at 12:21pm drone wrote:
I remember that Mence Smith sold paraffin. The smell of it hit you as you walked into the shop. There was a rag & bone man based at the bottom of North Street. I suppose we`d call him a recycling specialist now.
On 20 Jun 2012 at 7:03am Rookie wrote:
I think the rag and bone man in North Street was............... Mr Trash.
On 20 Jun 2012 at 10:18pm Wolfie wrote:
Caffyns garage on Station Street used to have one. Remember going in with the pink can and refilling it with my Grandmother.
On 20 Jun 2012 at 10:25pm Wolfie wrote:
What about the Record Bar (?) in one of the old railway arches in the Cliffe, was a coal yard next door.
On 21 Jun 2012 at 7:12am drone wrote:
The coal yard was Hunts. And you ordered your coal in a little office right across the road from the Record Bar. It was a handy place to shelter from the rain. There was the railway bridge going across just above the Record Bar. You could also shelter in a little covered walkway that took in the greengrocers, next door to the Hunts office - and the Continental Boutique.
On 21 Jun 2012 at 11:49am Brixtonbelle wrote:
I have memories like these about my old town. Most places have changed beyond recognition, but Lewes is lucky in having a good smattering of independent shops, (albeit some of them are not 'essential/useful', like greengrocers and butchers.) Sadly we have been seduced into consuming from the same shops/ labels and been consumed by lifestyle. The one benefit of the recession could just be that people start to question lifestyle aspirations and mass consumption that have been the principal ills of our society since Thatcher, imo.

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