Could not be so close to Lewes Castle and not visit
1066 - 1100
After the Norman conquest King William decided to copy the way land was owned in France. The King owned all the land but leased it to his barons in return for military service, money and an oath of loyalty.
He granted Lewes to William de Warenne, one of his closest advisers.
William de Warenne had to build a castle quickly. This was to show his dominance over the local people. It was also to provide somewhere safe for him and his family if the castle was attacked.
We have parked the car quite a distance away, having managed to find a space, and are now walking towards the castle through the narrow winding streets of the town, uphill all the way
We pass what was obviously a poor house in times gone by but now a privately owned cottage
and make our way towards the castle entrance
I tell you it is freezing cold and taking my gloves off to use the camera is painful!
under the archway and we will be nearly there
passing a couple of houses to the right
and one to the left
before arriving at the castle entrance
with lots and lots of steps to climb
the Barbican to the right
up and up with a good view of the snow covered downs
just before we go inside and ascend the towers
we pass this old fireplace
and inside looking down on what is left of the original spiral stone staircase
Arrows fired from here
and now we are at the top looking down on the
Barbican and town
viewing the other side of the town
In the next post I will take you a walk around the town
(plenty of good exercise today)