In Upper Duke’s Drive which is outside the adjoining Conservation Area, ESCC has just agreed to retain three Morris posts, and three lanterns for these are being donated by local amenity societies. Sadly though, the later adjoining round based lamp posts cast by Every of Lewes (which are not so rare) have been removed and replaced by modern steel lamp posts.
Only four water hydrants are left in the town (there were eleven in the mid-70s) and recently, one was inadvertently removed by ESCC as part of their town centre improvement works. The local History Society spotted this and Richard negotiated its safe reinstatement as shown in the top photograph. Unfortunately Local Authorities are not required to retain this type of heritage under Conservation Area legislation and it is important therefore that people are vigilant in other parts of Sussex and strike up relationships with the officers involved to ensure that historic street furniture is retained for future generations to enjoy.