sign that welcomes you as you pass through the entrance shown in the photograph
below. Note carefully the wording on it. "Pevensey Castle - defending England
for over 1500 years". This castle must be unique in that claim, as will
later be shown. Look at the aerial photograph on the sign. Note how the
castle has been built on high ground. This would have been on the edge
of the natural lagoon that William would of encountered on his arrival.
The marshy ground was totally unsuitable for landing his forces. If it
were, we may now be discussing the Battle of Pevensey and not Hastings.
outer Roman wall which skirts the castle. The apparent height of the wall
on the roadside is about 2 metres higher than that on the castle side either
due to the build-up of soil and or deliberate levelling of the land within
the castle grounds. excavations undertaken in the last few decades can
be seen on the castle side Roman perimeter wall giving a good indication
of construction techniques used by the builders.
photograph of the outer castle outer walls and towers. This building has
been repaired and added to over the centuries so that it is a hybrid of
no particular breeding.
reiterate my comments in photograph one, that this castle has been protecting
England for 1500 years. You may ask yourself, 1500 years since its construction
it has been protecting this country, surely that can't be so. Look again
very closely at this photograph. Observe the horizontal black lines. These
are machine gun posts constructed in the Second World War to blend into
the ruins. This photograph shows the side facing the main coast road and
surprisingly not towards the sea.