Pevensey Photographs part 1
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The 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.

 

Way in
 
The 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.

 

Inner castle 1
 
A good 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.

 

World War 2
 
To 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.

 
 

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