Riot at girl’s funeral

THE Rev John Scobell of All Saints Church, Lewes, from 1821 to 1868, lived at Lewes House.

He had a violent quarrel with the Rev J. Neale of East Grinstead when his daughter died after joining Neale’s religious Sisterhood.

There was a riot at her funeral when she was interred in a vault in the All Saints churchyard, adjoining the boundary wall of Lewes House.

l Walwers Lane - named after a 14th century Lewes MP – was once known locally as Birdcage Lane.

The Street Names of Lewes by L.S.Davey has this to day on the matter:

‘In Victorian times it was called by that name as a result of the ornithological pursuits of John Maxwell Smith (High Constable in1879) who lived at School Hill House. His collection of 175 showcases of birds was preserved for many years in the former borough museum.’