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Lost industries of Lewes

PUBLISHED: 15:58 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:03 20 February 2013

Of all the breweries in Lewes, only the well known Harvey’s Brewery remains  – its beer still as popular as it was, no doubt, when the engraving, left, was made.

Of all the breweries in Lewes, only the well known Harvey’s Brewery remains â€" its beer still as popular as it was, no doubt, when the engraving, left, was made.

Lewes was once a hive of industry and its river banks were once lined with cargo docks and warehouses. John Davey reveals the collection of Lewes photos amassed by his late father, Lesley Davey

Surrounded by the fertile plains of the Ouse valley, Lewes always provided a busy market place for farmers, but the additional benefit of a tidal river, easily navigable to the coast at Newhaven, meant that raw materials for many other industries were readily available.
In days when rail transport was in its infancy, and road transport barely dreamt of, heavy goods could travel only by water and the Ouse was a lifeline for the heavy industries that once thrived in Lewes.
The pictures tell their own stories and provide a fascinating glimpse of days when Lewes was both home and workplace to all its townsfolk, and when sons followed fathers and grandfathers in family trades and businesses.

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