Lewes Castle

Small and very quick to look around, but such great fun to photograph. The castle has no parking what so ever, so you have to park in a space that is available to all, and that means you have to pay! However if you go on a Sunday it isn’t so busy and the parking (where we parked) was free.

A view of Lewes High Street

There are cafe’s all around the town centre however all are very expensive, too expensive in my opinion, so take a packed meal.

The first fortification on the site was a wooden keep, later converted to stone. It is unusual for a motte and bailey construction in that it has two mottes. It is one of only two such remaining in the country, the other being Lincoln. The Barbican is a particularly fine example of its type.

The entrance to the Castle grounds is via the gate on the left

Lewes Castle was built in 1069 by William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, the son-in-law of William the Conqueror. William de Warenne and his descendants also had estates and built castles in Reigate, Surrey (Reigate Castle), in Yorkshire (Sandal Castle and Conisbrough Castle) and in Norfolk (Castle Acre). When the last of the Warennes John, the 7th Earl died without issue in 1347, he was buried in Lewes Priory. His title passed to his nephew Richard Fitzalan who was also Earl of Arundel.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewes_Castle