TQ6404 : Bastion, Inner Keep, Pevensey Castle

taken 8 years ago, near to Westham, East Sussex, Great Britain

Bastion, Inner Keep, Pevensey Castle
Bastion, Inner Keep, Pevensey Castle
On the southern side of the Norman part of the castle looking out over the marshes. The walls of the original 3rd century Roman fort have collapsed here but were originally built next to the sea which has retreated over the centuries and are now a couple of miles away. The Roman fort was built on a small promontory and followed the contours of the land rather than the usual Roman rectangle style protecting a small harbour on the northern side of the modern castle. The castle remained in use until 491 when Aella, Chief of the raiding Saxons, captured the castle and slaughtered the Romano-British garrison within the walls. From there to 1066 its history is a bit sketchy but the castle was known to have been periodically used by the Saxon kings until refortified by Harold Godwin before his troops left the castle to march north to deal with the invading Norwegians. Consequently, it was used by the Normans as a base prior to the Battle of Hastings when they landed in 1066. Strengthened by the construction of the inner keep the medieval castle saw action during the reigns of Stephen, John and the overthrow of Richard II before falling into disuse until 1588 when a gun emplacement was located within the walls. The last time it was used was during the Second World War when a number of fortified strong posts were added often disguised within the walls themselves. The National Trust has been in ownership since 1926. Anderita Park is in the foreground below whilst in the distance is the settlement of Pevensey Bay.
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Sunday, 17 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 22 January, 2010
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 645 047 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.1087N 0:20.0519E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 645 047
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