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Knives and Fawkes

By 16th of March 20032003, Features

For the unsuspecting, Lewes is a sleepy old English market town nestled comfortably in the southern county of Sussex. But beneath its quiet unassuming quaintness there lies a deep, dark and sinister tradition of pagan sacrifice, the burning of Protestant martyrs, rebellion against the courts, smugglers and the burning of effigies. This history is ritualised every year in an ancient bonfire festival. A town awakes…

‘Includes ‘Torches, Lewes’ a poem by Sean Street