Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, Lewes

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Lewes Castle stands at the highest point of Lewes, East Sussex, England, on an artificial mound constructed with chalk blocks. It was originally called Bray Castle.
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.
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.
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  • Resources to learn the history of people here Where is the fire? You should be washed once to learn about the history of this country. There are many great angles to take.
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  • It's by no means a large castle but it captured the beautiful history of Lewes, a small and peaceful town in the South Coast. The castle is easily reached from city centre of Lewes on foot. The slope ...  more »
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  • Well maintained castle, literally on Lewes High St and easy to climb to the top for great views over Leeds. A very comprehensive museum and 12min intro video add to the experience. Half price entry for English Heritage members.
  • Lots of steps so you'll need to be fit to get your money's worth. Good views from the top of the motte but the castle itself is mainly ruins. Small but interesting museum.
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