Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lewes Castle

We climbed to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex.

The adjoining Barbican House is home to the fascinating Museum of Sussex Archaeology and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the castle from prehistoric to medieval times.

The Battle of Lewes took place in May 1264 when the armies of King Henry III and rebel baron Simon de Montfort clashed just outside the town walls. The king was defeated. After the battle de Montfort summoned England’s first representative Parliament.
The Battle of Lewes Project, based at Lewes Castle, aims to promote interest in this early struggle for democracy. It is a community project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will culminate in a special celebration in 2014 marking the battle’s 750th anniversary.
The views from the top of this castle were amazing.

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