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LEWES, Sussex, J Draper
Æ farthing, undated. Diameter 16mm. * IOHN· DRAPER· IN· LEWLS around; in centre, rampant lion left. R. * BY· THE· MARKET· PLACE around, ·D· above I*F in centre. BW 111; Norweb 5231. Glossy black patination, Good Fine.
* US customers please note that this is strict British grading.
Lewes is the county town of Sussex. The population of Lewes in 1831 was 8,592 and is now around 17,000. The area has been settled since the Stone Age. It is both a traditional market town and centre of communication. It is best known in the world of music as the home of the Glyndebourne festival. A notable former resident of Lewes with a connection to tokens is Thomas Paine (1737–1809), who was employed as an excise officer in the town for a time from 1768 to 1774 when he emigrated to the American colonies.
Diarist John Evelyn spent his boyhood at Southover Grange.
The controversial Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (1882 –1940) sculptor, typeface designer, and printmaker, who was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, was born in Brighton, but moved to Ditchling, close to Lewes, in 1907. He was active there until 1924. The artistic community there gave rise to other sculptors in the Lewes district such as his nephew John Skelton and Joseph Cribb. Skelton's studio in Streat has continued as an educational and artist's workshop since his death in 1999. Joseph Cribb is a relative of a former Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.
The fact that Lewes has a Crown Court, and a prison, means that many notorious people have been resident there. During the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, several prominent figures involved in it were in Lewes Prison, including Éamon de Valera (1882–1975); Thomas Ashe (1885–1917); Frank Lawless (1871–1922); and Harry Boland (1887–1922).
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