How to get up School Hill

Rouser 2012
Rouser 2012

FOR hundreds of years, for the elderly and infirm, getting up School Hill in Lewes has been a laborious and painful affair.

Then it came to pass in Rouser’s local pub that there was a debate on the best way to overcome the town’s equivalent of the north face of the Eiger.

There were those who favoured the right-hand side (going up) as the sun is prominent there in the spring and summer, and some even claim that that side is less steep.

Those who favoured the left-hand side (including Rouser) pointed out that they are two strategically placed benches there for climbers who know their limits.

Without those benches there would be exhausted pensioners lying all over the pavement, trying to get their breath back.

Which ever way School Hill is ascended, it is a badge of honour for the over-somethings to make it to the top without sitting down or being overtaken by some athletic pensioner.

Rouser therefore asks: Why are there no benches on the northern side where old gits can sit and sun themselves? And it does seem odd that the House of Friendship (for the elderly-ish) should be located on such a steep traverse. And it is no wonder that patients at the hill’s GP practice have a racing pulse when they arrive for check-ups.

Perhaps there should be a ski-lift up the 150ft- high slope.

Pictured, School Hill in its prime, around 1890.