Pevensey Castle is a medieval castle and former Roman fort at Pevensey in the English county of East Sussex…
The fort of Anderitum was built during the 3rd century to protect the southern coastline of Roman Britain from Saxon raiders…
Evidence for some form of permanent occupancy next appears in 1042, when the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Wessex, Harold Godwinson (later King Harold II) established a strong point there, improving fortifications by digging ditches within the walls of the Roman fort…
Robert, Count of Mortain (half-brother to William the Conqueror of Normandy) was granted Pevensey shortly after the Norman Conquest. Mortain used the existing fort as the basis for building a castle around 1100, carrying out only minor repairs to the walls to form an outer bailey, and building a new wooden palisaded irregular rectangular-shaped inner bailey against the Roman wall.
- English Heritage
- The Heritage Trail
- Castle Studies Group (2005). “Conferences – Castles of Sussex – Pevensey”. The Castle Studies Group Journal 19: 49–55.