Lost home of charm

Castle Banks.
Castle Banks.

LEWES man Andy Thomas found this charming drawing of the entrance to Castle Banks in Lewes. The drawing appears to have been created by one Ruth Cobb in 1944.

The question is, why is it that the left-hand side of the Banks is intact today while the right-hand side has largely disappeared?

Prospective house owners would bite their hands off to get that lovely house on the right today. Perhaps it has something to do with so-called ‘slum clearance’ where, in the name of better sanitation, hundreds of town centre cottages were demolished in the 50s and 60s.

So what is the story behind this picture?