Lewes Journals

The historic county town in Sussex

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A travel journal to Lewes by Amanda

Maresfield Sights Photo, Lewes, England More Photos
Quote: Lewes is the old county town for East Sussex. It’s a charming place – quiet and attractive, with lots of pubs, historic attractions and shops over its hilly, narrow streets. It’s a wonderful place to stay and relax.

The historic county town in Sussex

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Overview

The road to Lewes - the rolling downs lead the way Photo, Lewes, England
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Just outside Lewes are a number of very pretty villages, which would be well worth a quick side-trip. I’ve mentioned one, Maresfield, in particular in this journal; it’s a charming village a little to the north of Lewes with a lovely Norman church and peaceful atmosphere. The ancient parish church of St. Michael’s is an interesting building, especially the round tower, of Norman construction and not common in the county – there are only two others. The castle is one of the most impressive things to do here. Now ruined, it stands grandly on a hill, overlooking the town and with the most wonderful views over the rolling South Downs which surround the town. Once you’ve seen the castle, there’s...Read More

White Hart Hotel

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Hotel | "The White Hart Hotel"

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The White Hart Hotel is located in the High Street, opposite the Crown and County Courts and just 5 minutes walk from the railway station. It’s a charming 16th century coaching inn, with a sympathetic expansion at the back providing extra bedrooms and a leisure centre. Dogs are welcome, and there are both smoking and non-smoking rooms. The downstairs rooms are charming. As you enter the hotel there is a large lobby, scattered with comfortable sofas and chairs, with half-timbered beams holding up the ceiling and a large fire burning cheerfully in the grate. The bar, which is open to residents until well after midnight, serves all the usual drinks to guests in front of the fire. I arrive...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

White Hart Hotel
55 High Street
Lewes, England BN7
01273 476694

The Ship Hotel

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Hotel

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The Ship Hotel is in the centre of Chichester, and within walking distance of the Cathedral and other attractions in the town. I stayed here for two nights in early April 2002. The room price included English or continental breakfast, available from 5:30am until 9:30am. The single room I had, room 5, had been recently re-furbished and is very attractive. It is a generous size room, with a big single bed that is comfortable and equipped with good blankets and soft sheets. The decoration of the room appealed to me – the wallpaper is dark cream with a large royal blue diamond pattern, and the carpet is a complementary royal blue with cream diamonds. Every room in the hotel has an ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2002

The Ship Hotel
North Street
Lewes, England
(01243) 778000

The Chequers Inn

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Restaurant | "The Chequers"

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The Chequers has a large hotel and restaurant side to its business. There are 17 rooms, all apparently a little different, and all with their own bathrooms attached. There is one particularly nice four-poster room, with oak bookcases in the corner filled with leather-bound books for the visitor to browse. All the rooms overlook either the pub’s gardens, or the Norman church opposite the building. The price of the room includes breakfast. The night I was there I had had a very long, tiring day and decided to eat early. I chose to eat about 7pm, in the pub part of the building. Although they were open for food, I was the first person there and it took me some time to attract any attentio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

The Chequers Inn
High Street
Lewes, England TN22 2EH
01825 763843

Lewes' history

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Battles over Lewis in the Middle Ages Photo, Lewes, England
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Lewes is still the county town for East Sussex, but its significance was much greater in years long gone by. There has been a settlement here for nearly two thousand years – in Saxon times, there were two mints here, producing money for King Aethelstan. The town was captured, along with the rest of the country, by William the Conqueror in 1066, and was given to William, Earl of Warenne. He and his wife founded the Priory here, and built (or possibly rebuilt, there may have been a previous version) the castle that still stands, ruined, above the town today. In 1264 came the great confrontation between Simon de Montfort and Henry III. The night before the Battle of Lew...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

The Lewes Arms

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Attraction

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The Lewes Arms is an old pub near the centre of the town, small and attractive. The outside is pretty, with impressive hanging baskets and window boxes. It’s situated at the corner of several small streets, near the castle, and is a great place to stop off on the way to or from it. Inside the decoration is typically pub-like, with oak tables and comfortable chairs and benches around them. There are also stools at the bar for those who only feel comfortable drinking half standing-up! The walls are decorated with posters about the town and about the theatre, an interesting combination. I’ve stopped in here for a half-hour to relax a couple of times when I’ve been to the town on business, and recen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

The Lewes Arms
Mount Place
Lewes, England

Maresfield Sights

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Attraction | "Maresfield"

Maresfield Sights Photo, Lewes, England
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Maresfield is a charming small village, some 15 miles north of Lewes. It is a long standing settlement – the church and house grouped around it are medieval and Tudor. It’s a lovely place to come to see a small English village, relaxed and beautiful. My father, siblings and I used to come through Maresfield every month or so, on the way to see my grandmother who lived on the south coast, and we often stopped here to take a breather and stretch our legs in the calm atmosphere. The village’s glory days are long past. It was at its height as one of the centres of the iron industry in pre-industrial revolution days – iron ore was mined from the soil on the Kent/Sussex borders (Lamberhur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

Maresfield Sights
10 miles north of Lewes
Lewes, England

The Chequers Inn

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Attraction | "The Chequers (pub)"

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The Chequers is a large pub / hotel / restaurant in the centre of Maresfield, opposite the Norman parish church. It was built in 1734, for the vast sum of 400 pounds, by a London merchant called Nathaniel Newnham. At the time Maresfield was not the quiet place it is today; it was instead a major staging post for the fast London to Lewes stagecoaches. (The village is some 15 miles north of Lewes). Today the building has reinvented itself as a business and leisure place, and makes a virtue out of being slightly off the beaten track, as opposed to the centre of the beaten track it was before the railways were built. The pub, which occupies most of the downstairs area, is a very attractive...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2002

The Chequers Inn
Near Uckfield East Sussex
Maresfield, England TN22 2EH
(01825) 763843