Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | September 11, 2008

Lewes May Declare Independence

Following the lead of other towns – Totnes in Devon, Berkshire in Massachusetts – our town has created its own currency – the Lewes Pound. In an opposite move to globalisation, advocates of the pound want to encourage local sourcing and purchasing. It’s a great idea. There were 700 people at the launch of the new notes, and I think the next step will be to declare Independence! Read more here at Viva Lewes and at the Lewes Pound website.

Lewes Pound

Lewes Pound


  1. What a good idea! I had to chuckle when I saw “Leicester Road Stores” on the list – my initial reaction being Leicester being nowhere near Lewes đŸ˜€

    It certainly is interesting that the web site notes it has had interest from Chain groups… I wonder if this is the franchised operations or the full blown chain groups.

    I hope it’s successful – it has the added advantage of providing additional “odd money” that seems to accumulate when people travel – which can only be good for the local economy!

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