|Looking down a side road from High Street|
As you walk down the main street of town called High Street you see small shop after small shop with restaurants and flats mixed in.
High Street is the main road for traffic through Lewes and yet for the part through the middle its only has one lane and uses traffic lights to keep everything moving smoothly.
One day while walking down High Street I noticed something that surprised me a little. There was a little plaque on the wall of one of the buildings called the "Bull House" and it stated that this was the home of Thomas Paine.
Finding a link to home all the way over here was really awesome. It showed how connected our story in the United States really is to the story of other countries. I feel that we sometimes forget that and this was a nice reminder for me.
A little way past Thomas Paine's old house is a castle! There is a hill right off of High Street and up on it is a castle. The hill is the highest point in Lewes so you can easily see it from all over the town.
I really enjoy seeing the castle as I bike around the town. Its something that really makes the area feel unique to me.
As you continue down High Street you will pass the town hall, pass a monument and head down a hill towards Cliffe Street.
Cliffe Street is a great area with a lot of small local shops mixed with a few bigger chain stores. But even these chain stores have a small foot print (no parking lots!)
Cliffe Street is cobble stoned and is mostly traffic free. Most days the street is filled with people walking up and down visiting the shops. It is a street that is owned by the people walking not by the cars. The result is that most of the cars stay away.
|The river Ouse and the cliffs overlooking the town|
Cliffe Street goes over the river Ouse which flows through part of town. Right next to the bridge is a local brewery called Harvey's. It is one of the only local breweries still in business in England.
On the first Saturday of every month there is a farmer's market on Cliffe Street. When the market is there the street is just packet full of vendors, people shopping and some street performers.
Lewes is a great town. You can walk or bike everywhere. You do not need a car to live, work, shop and play in Lewes. All around the town are farmers fields and natural areas. You should come visit!