Public Amenities

Bins, bus shelters, benches etc

We own a few (but not all!) of the public amenities around the town:

  • bus shelters
  • public seating
  • litter bins
  • features such as the Battle of Lewes interpretation board at the Castle Precincts viewing point and the statue commemorating Tom Paine, which was gifted to the town
  • historic building plaques

Also falling under this heading are the Town Clock – hanging from the tower at St Michael’s church in the High Street, and the turret clock mounted in the tower that tops Fitzroy House. However we do not own either of the buildings to which the clocks are attached!

Many of these amenities are long-standing, like the Everycast-iron bench seats made by the old Phoenix Iron Works in Lewes in the 1930s and lovingly restored by a past Town Ranger.

We are often asked to adopt new features (like bus shelters) that have arisen from a nearby development, or are the desire of a local group or association, such as a memorial seat.

There are other things we don’t own, but which we help to support, like

  • the Sussex Police CCTV camera network in the town
  • some bicycle parking racks
  • town centre flower baskets in season

We also provide financial support for local residents’ associations to provide amenities like winter road-salt bins in their neighbourhood.

And we often partner with bodies like the Friends of Lewes for appropriate heritage designs when historic features are updated.

If you wish to enquire about dedicating a public seat in memoriam, or represent a Lewes resident’s group that wishes to provide amenities in your area, please contact us at