Delving into history of 200-year-old business in Lewes

WE Clark shop in Lewes.
WE Clark shop in Lewes.
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Robberies and flooding will be on the agenda at the next meeting of Lewes History Group.

David Clark will be discussing the history of local jewellers WE Clark and Son on Monday, April 14.

He is the fourth generation to own and run the business, which has been in his family since 1919.

However, the business dates back a further century to 1819 and this talk will give insights into events and personalities involved in its 200-year history.

With its rich and varied past, there are many interesting subjects to focus on, so David will include a timeline taking in the key people and major events that have influenced the business over three centuries of trading.

He will then look in more detail at his family’s achievements, starting with Wilfred Ernest Clark who purchased an existing jewellery showroom at 1 Cliffe High Street and laid the foundations of a passion that is now in the hands of the third and fourth generations, John and David Clark, who have expanded into Eastbourne and amalgamated the two shops in Lewes.

David said: “When people find out that I am part of WE Clark and Son, there are always a couple of subjects that come up: the robberies we’ve experienced in the past, and of course the Great Flood in 2000, so I will go into these two subjects as well.”

The venue is King’s Church building, Brooks Road, opposite the Homebase car park. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and everyone is welcome. There is a small admission charge on the door (£3 non-members and £2 members) and free refreshments. Visit for more information on the group, its meetings and other activities.

Elsewhere, Jenny Rowlands, Chief Executive of Lewes District Council, was the guest speaker at the recent annual meeting of the Friends of Lewes. She told the town’s civic society that the cultural potential of buildings such as The Maltings and Lewes House is recognised although, if they are retained, an adequate revenue stream would need to be obtained from them. Local organisations, such as the Friends of Lewes, are being consulted on their possible future use.