Contributed by Sue Burgess
Although the outline of Cuckfield’s High Street buildings looks much as it did a hundred years ago, the trade carried on in them has changed beyond all recognition. Butcher, baker, ironmonger, haberdasher, grocer and two banks have been replaced by boutique clothing, cafes, estate agents, hairdressers, beauticians and lifestyle stores. Several shops and businesses plus one of the original coaching inns have been converted to residential use.
Images from Cuckfield Museum’s photo archive will show how some premises are still instantly recognisable despite their dramatic change of use and we aim to bring the past to life with items from our collection including a display of various tools of the trade that would once have been familiar to so many of Cuckfield’s residents.
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