Do you see that title? Those you who live outside the UK I have to tell you we had a mini-heatwave last week, which was just wonderful and coincided with my stay at my daughter’s house in Lewes. We had a fab time there
And we had many a wander around the quaint narrow streets of Lewes.
Here’s a well-known pub in Lewes!
Lewes is a very old town with its history dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086, and Roman times, and further back than that, but it is now perhaps most famous for its November 5th Bonfire Night, the largest in the country, held ostensibly to mark the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 but is primarily commemorating the seventeen Protestant martyrs burnt at the stake during the persecution of Protestants in the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558). I haven’t been to many of these, but I distinctly remember my first visit when I was stunned by the marching of the 5000 members of the Bonfire Societies through Lewes with their beating drums and flaming torches. There are, btw, seven of these societies and each has a different route and a separate firework display. With up to 80,000 visitors, it is, as one source says, a mix of Halloween and Mardi Gras and what with the flaming torches carried by nearly every one of the 5000 Bonfire participants and the seventeen flaming crosses carried throughout the town representing the martyrs, it feels at times quite primeval. It’s amazing to witness but on my first visit not understanding the history of the town and the burning of Protestants I was shocked to see that effigies of various real people are burnt at each society’s firework display including the current Pope. Mind you, over the years effigies of most of our senior politicians have been burnt on these bonfires along with any other celebrity that has attracted the ire of each Lewes bonfire society.
Oh, and the actual firework displays? They’re simply astonishing and the noise…..even if you don’t go to one when I lived in Newhaven, which is about 9 miles from Lewes, it sounded like World War Three had broken out, while in Lewes the houses literally shake to their foundations. It is not a night for the fainthearted! Indeed, you might think this is not exactly a family occasion, but on the contrary Lewes is very proud of its traditions and Lewes children take all of this for granted. All Lewes schools close the next day as they expect that children will be going and that no-one has slept that night. My son-in-law describes the feel of the town on the day as ‘feral’, so just remember, as you look at the pretty pictures of a sweet little town which has, btw, a very liberal and Green inclined population, that there is a raw and bloody history behind it that has not been forgotten.
Here’s two more pix of Lewes – the backs of a row of houses
And the front of those houses.
And here’s the High Street.
It looks so quiet – I must have taken that photo on the rare occasion of no traffic as there’s usually a stream of cars going up and down this road. Sadly the charity shop I showed you in the last post has closed down – such a shame as it was the best charity shop in Lewes. Never mind, I found five items in the remaining charity shops.
Here’s one of them. A great pair of Papaya cotton pants.
They go brilliantly with a jacket I bought as a present to myself.
Has anyone had their colours done? I haven’t and have no idea what season I am, all I do know is I suit a mustard yellow!
This outfit will be worn and worn!
Yes, it was my birthday last Wednesday (more about that birthday and the age I’ve become in my next post) and to celebrate we went to a really wonderful independent cinema in Lewes, the Depot. Oh my word, what an adventure it was as it is a beautiful place with three small and not so small screens, and a great area inside and outside for eating and socialising. We saw Nomadland, which was just the best kind of film to see on a large screen. Here I am waiting in the foyer before they let us in to the screening area.
I have to say it will be good to return to regular cinema going when the pandemic is truly over. I did feel safe at the Depot as everything was very Covid-aware and we were all distanced from each other while watching the film, but it was a hot day and we had to wear a mask throughout, which I totally agree with, but it was quite claustrophobic and, well, hot, and I can tell you that the glass of cold water was very much needed. It will be lovely to get rid of that slight feeling of anxiety that there is something lurking in the ether that is out to kill you – when that feeling’s gone I’ll be back at the flicks every single week, come rain or shine 🙂
Btw, you might wonder why there are no pix of the beautiful countryside around Lewes, it’s not that I don’t like the countryside but I am an urban girl at heart, and urban streets and houses delight me, and somehow we didn’t do any country walks, but nevertheless I managed to increase my daily steps to over 10,000 on several days because of the wandering walks we took through this lovely town. Here I am wearing last week’s charity shop finds with my old summer hat bought in Flam, Norway.
Here’s hoping you’re getting good weather too. Actually the weather in the UK broke with buckets of rain last Friday and in Brighton we’ve woken to a thick and prolonged mist for three days now! But it is warmer – I’ve actually changed my duvet to the summer one, about time too as I don’t think I’ve ever changed it so late in the year. And, of course, you will get more pix of my charity shop finds in the coming weeks, but that’s all for now.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper