Pevensey  Sussex


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Pevensey like this:

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.

Pevensey through time

Pevensey is now part of Wealden district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wealden has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Pevensey itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pevensey, in Wealden and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 04th July 2022

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