TRAFFIC accidents, sadly, have been with us a long time. Lewes is no exception. It has been having motorised pile-ups at least since 1915.
In that year, as pictured, a lorry of the Kemp Town Brewery lost the use of its brakes on St Anne’s Hill and crashed into 103 High Street.
Accrding to Bob Cairns in his very excellent new Lewes Through Time (Amberley), the Fodden lorry demolished an ornate lampost before scaring half to death the Bentham family who were taking tea at the time in their front room on the other side of the front door.
Luckily there were no injuries and the beer also survived.