Pevensey Castle: A Medieval Castle in East Sussex

Many of the castles that we’ve been looking at are restored and in use – possibly an event space, possibly a castle hotel. Sometimes, though, we come across castles that are, while they are open to the public to be seen, not exactly functional. Still, regardless of the condition of the castle, a lot of them are historically relevant, and have played a role in the shaping of their nation’s story. Such a castle is Pevensey Castle, located at East Sussex in England. Managed by English Heritage, it can be accessed by the public. And why not? There are a lot of wonderful things to see where Pevensey Castle is at:

pevensey inner baileyCredit: “Pevensey Castle from the West” by Barbara van Cleve – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

pevensey keep

Credit: “Pevensey Castle keep” by Prioryman – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

pevensey west wall

Credit: Prioryman (Wikimedia Commons)

There doesn’t seem to be much remaining of the actual castle, though it has made its mark in history. It was a former Roman Saxon Shore fort built at AD 290, and was part of the Roman defense against the Saxons. In fact, it was featured in the Notitia Dignitatuma document of the Roman Government, under the name Anderitum (alternatively, Anderita or Anderida). 

pevensey page


Past the use of the Romans, William the Conqueror also stayed at the fort once. During the 16th century, the castle was occupied again. It became useful again during the Second World War. After that, the castle was opened to the public.

Pevensey Castle is just another example of how significant castles truly are in different parts of the world. It would be the kind of place one would love to visit and feel and be inspired by – especially if one can be particularly drawn into its history. Pevensey Castle has managed to withstand centuries of stories and many different conflicts, and perhaps just the atmosphere of it would inspire one’s pen. It would certainly be a nice place to visit if you were on a sort of “pilgrimage” of historical places that might inspire your writing.


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A college student and frustrated writer who loves to drink a lot of coffee, play video games, read speculative fiction, and dream about castles.

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