Visitors flock to Lewes Heritage Open Days

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Looking inside historic private houses and the Temple at the Freemasons Hall were just some of the new experiences for those taking part in this year’s Lewes Heritage Open Days.

More than 3,200 visits were made across the town – a record for the annual event, organised by the Friends of Lewes.

The tour of Harveys brewery had so many applicants that head brewer Miles Jenner ran a second tour at short notice, and the walk around historic Southover was also oversubscribed.

The event included old favourites on the Heritage Open Days circuit like the Town Hall, Bull House and the Jireh Chapel.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Lewes said: “It’s the energy and commitment of building owners who make this event possible, and many were amazed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by visitors.

The Friends of Lewes are also very grateful to the local sponsors: Lewes District Council, Strutt & Parker and Beverley Ogden solicitors.

Next year’s Heritage Open Days event runs from September 10 to 13.