Family snap that recalls thriving industry in town

Rouser 2012
Rouser 2012

THIS fine photograph, taken in the early 1930s, shows the old Lewes Cement Works from Lewes Rowing Club.

In the foreground is Edward Hylands, who lived in South Street and was responsible for blasting at the cement works and was also boatman and steward at the rowing club. A busy man!

With him on the right is his son Fred.

The rowing club is still going strong but the cement works, of course, now houses an industrial estate.

Note the sign cut on the slopes of the steep Downs (top right) which

reads: ‘Lewes Cement (and Lime) Works.

The Ouse, south of Lewes, is almost as peaceful today as it was half a century ago. Without the traffic it would be even more tranquil.