Visit Pevensey and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Pevensey, Sussex. Pevensey castle is a Norman castle built within the Roman fort of Anderida; fort and castle have played their part in British history for more than 17 centuries. The Roman fort was built as part of the defences of the Saxon Shore. It was not ready to oppose William the Conqueror when he landed at Pevensey Bay in 1066, for he found it unmanned and was able to consolidate his position immediately. He realized its strategic importance and gave it to his half-brother, Robert, Count of Mortain, who built the Norman castle. Improvement and rebuilding continued until the 14th century. Later it was equipped to meet the threats from the Spanish Armada, from Napoleon, and from Hitler in 1940, when several pill-boxes were built into its walls, so cleverly that they have to be pointed out: one is in a pile of rubble where the Roman wall has collapsed.
More than half the stone walls of the Roman fort are still standing, and in some parts have been excavated to the original ground level and have heights of up to 10 ft; there are also two rounded Roman bastions, restored in the 11th century. The castle is mostly in a ruinous state, but some parts, including the dungeons and the lower part of the keep, have been well preserved. The small detachments of troops garrisoned here during the Second World War quite possibly occupied rooms that were soldiers' quarters in medieval days.
Tudor houses and shops adorn the little village of Pevensey.
Nearby towns: Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Polegate
Nearby villages: Alfriston, Ashburnham, Battle, Berwick, Blackboys, Brightling, Catsfield, Chalvington, Chiddingly, Crowhurst, Dallington, Dallington, East Hoathly, Eastdean, Framfield, Friston, Golden Cross, Hellingly, Herstmonceux, Hooe, Horam, Jevington, Litlington, Mountfield, Ninfield, Old Town, Penhurst, Pevensey Bay, Ratton Village, Ripe, Sedlescombe, Selmeston, Sidley, St. Leonards-on-sea, Waldron, Warbleton, Wartling, West Dean, Whatlington, Willingdon, Wilmington
Have you decided to visit Pevensey or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Pevensey bed and breakfast (a Pevensey B&B or Pevensey b and b)
- a Pevensey guesthouse
- a Pevensey hotel (or motel)
- a Pevensey self-catering establishment, or
- other Pevensey accommodation