Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Pevensey

Pevensey.-- small market town and par. with ry. sta., on coast of Sussex - par., 4392 ac., pop. 365; town, on river Ashburn, near Pevensey Bay, 4½ miles SE. of Hailsham and 12½ SW. of Hastings; P.O., and P.O. at Pevensey Road. Market-day, Thursday. Pevensey is a very old place, and occupies the site of the Roman Anderida on Ermine Street. During the Saxon period, and for some time after the Norman Conquest, it was a port of some consequence, but fell into decline about the time of Henry III. The castle, now a picturesque ruin, stands on an eminence, and was built soon after the Norman Conquest. Pevensey Bay (where the Conqueror disembarked his forces in 1066) is a shallow indentation, measuring 5 miles across the entrance. Pevensey Point is at its E. side; Pevensey Shoal lies off the Point. Pevensey gives title of viscount to the Earl of Sheffield.


(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "small market town and parish with railway station"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Pevensey CP/AP       Sussex AncC
Place: Pevensey

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