Elizabeth Anne Norris handmade enamel jewellery can now be found in Jonathan Swan’s jewellery shop, The Workshop, in the historic town of Lewes, East Sussex. Not only is The Workshop the first stockist of my unique handmade jewellery but it is the only enamel jewellery in the gallery collection.
Jonathan Swan’s establishment, The Workshop, is located in the shadow of Lewes Castle and has a long and interesting history. The original building dates back to 800 – 900 AD (Alfred the Great came to the throne in 856 AD, before written English history). The Workshop is 300 years older than the Norman Castle next door. The small alley dividing the workshop from next door was originally the main road into Lewes. Pottery excavated from inside the building has been dated 12th century. In recent history The Workshop had been occupied by London and Provincial Butchers, a plumber’s merchant and a charity shop. When Jonathan Swan acquired The Workshop, in 1981, it was in need of much restoration.
Jonathan had totally transformed the place into 4 functional spaces. At the front is the shop on the high street which houses a handpicked range of daring and different handmade contemporary jewellery by selected UK jewellery designers. Behind are 3 rooms, converted into jewellery workshop space. Upstairs, Jonathan’s jeweller’s bench is made from Rock Maple that used to belong to Winston Churchill. (The tree originally stood on the grounds of his house at Chartwell but was blown down in the 1987 gale). The downstairs back workshop has an upwards view of the Castle, and nine bench spaces made from old telegraph poles. The downstairs front workshop is the oldest part, and is now full of exciting jewellery equipment.
If you’d like to visit The Workshop, to browse the handmade designer jewellery or to take a jewellery course, all the information you need is below. I can also highly recommend a day trip to Lewes. If not then click here to take a look at the wonderful workshop photoshttp://theworkshoplewes.com The Workshop
164 The High Street
BN7 1XU 01273 474207
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