A New Book about our School Chapel

After some deliberation the Chapel Trustees are taking up a remarkable offer from David Arnold, a Lewes author and Sussex Express local history columnist, to write a book about the fascinating story of heroism and dedication which lead to the

building of our former School Chapel

This unique building, the only state school chapel in the UK built post the 1944 Education Act, is now an officially registered War Memorial to the fifty-five former pupils who gave their lives for their country during the Second World War.

Whilst David Arnold and Chapel Trustee Alan Pett are researching the stories and data of the fifty-five, your help will be invaluable in providing your own recollections of these Old Lewesians and their families.

Those of you who were at the school in its early days from 1930 to the end of the war will, we are sure, have stories to tell of those lost and be able to help keep their memory alive.

Please stir your collective memories and send your personal accounts by whichever means you are able to:

David Arnold

14, John Street


East Sussex



07845 954805

A list of the Fifty-Five is available under “Lest We Forget” on the this website along with details of the reports about their brief lives and deaths, as recorded at the time in ‘The Barbican’.

David Arnold is also interested in hearing from anyone with tales to tell about the School and the activities it undertook between 1942 – 60 to raise the funds and eventually get the Chapel built.

Book publication is planned to be in time for the next OLO reunion in September 2017. More details regarding the book and opportunities to purchase it will be shared in due course.

Alan Pett

David Carter