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- Pevensey Castle
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- The Normans
- 1000AD - 1099AD
- William the Conqueror
- Hastings Castle, Battle Abbey and Battlefield,
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about Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle is a Norman castle built upon the fourth century AD Roman fort of Anderida, the substantial remains of which are still visible today. Indeed, the main outer defensive walls of the larger Roman fortification have survived very much intact, forming a wider outer ring within which the main castle now stands. These Roman walls are among the very best Roman remains to have survived in the UK.
Pevensey Castle itself, found within the south-east corner of the Roman walls, mostly dates back to the Norman invasion of 1066. In fact, Pevensey was the site where William the Conqueror landed in Britain on 28 September of that year. There the Normans found the fourth century AD Roman fort, upon which they built the first incarnation of Pevensey Castle in timber. Pevensey Castle was actually the first castle that William built.
Later under the Normans, in the twelfth century, the timber castle was replaced by a stone structure, the beginnings of the Pevensey Castle we see today. With an imposing gatehouse, bailey wall and square keep, Pevensey Castle was a mighty fortification. So much so that, despite several attempts to breach its walls - most notably in a siege carried out Simon de Montfort against the sheltering supporters of King Henry III in 1264 - Pevensey Castle survived the medieval period.
Over the centuries, Pevensey Castle would continue to be reinforced several times, including in the sixteenth century and during the Second World War. Now a picturesque ruin under the remit of English Heritage, Pevensey Castle is open to visitors. Amongst its attractions are the remaining elements of the Roman fort, which includes the majority of the original outer walls and towers, as well as the medieval dungeons.
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Address: Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE
Phone: 0870 333 1181
Pevensey Castle is located in Pevensey, off Route A259.
Pevensey Castle is open daily 10am-4pm (to 6pm Apr-Sep). Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Entry costs £4.50 for adults, £2.30 for children, £3.80 with concession. Group/family rates available.
Refreshments are available from Castle Cottage Tearooms.
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