Welcome to the Sussex Castles web site!

I grew up in Sussex and always enjoyed visiting the county's castles. The castles cover a wide range of history. From Pevensey with much of its Roman curtain wall intact through to Herstmonceux, an early brick manor house built in the style of a castle. Many of the castles have seen battle and siege. Pevensey has been besieged four times since 1066. Hastings, Rye and Winchelsea have been sacked by the French on numerous occasions. The Battle of Hastings and the Battle of Lewes helped shape English history.

The historical information on this site is mainly taken from old chronicles and charters, but a full listing of my sources is provided on the Historical Sources and References page of this site. 

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Richard Bird.

Sussex Castles web site © Richard Bird 2011                                                                                                               Historical Sources and References