Plea for memories of Lewes Old Grammar School

NEXT year marks the 500th anniversary of Lewes Old Grammar School, which was founded by Agnes Morley and first stood in the grounds of what we today know as Grange Gardens.

The original building stood somewhere in the south-east corner between the Winterbourne Stream and Eastport Lane. The school moved up the hill to its present site in St Anne’s around 1714.

Local author David Arscott is researching the history of the school for an anniversary publication and would be grateful to hear rom any Rouser reader who has memorabilia of the school.

‘There seems to be not a single drawing of the old building by the Grange,’ David says, ‘despite the fact that it was still standing in the early 19th century.

‘That would be a prize discovery. But the book will be lavishly illustrated, so I’ll be grateful for any photographs, school reports and so on which will give a flavour of the institution as it used to be even a few decades ago.’

David also promises some fascinating revelations.

‘’We know that the school began as a rather grand affair with Lewes Priory connections, and today it’s hugely successful, with almost 500 pupils and a good academic track record. In the past, though, it’s had a rocky ride or two, and the story will include some colourful calamities and brave struggles against adversity.’