Lewes is dominated by its famous castle built by William de Warenne, trusty confidant and follower of William the Conqueror. It is one of only two English castle's to have two mottes.
The original fort that stood here was built of wood, the spot is imaginative enabling the building of one motte on high ground above the River Ouse, whilst the other motte is linked into the town wall. Interesting parts of the castle include part of the shell keep dating from around 1080, and the Barbican of the 14th century which is possibly the best preserved of its kind in the country.
During the 14th century the castle came into the hands of the Earls of Arundel as John de Warenne, 8th Earl of Surrey had no legitimate heir. It remained uninhabited and was damaged in riots of 1382. Later, it was plundered of its stone for building materials. What was left fell into disrepair and it was not until 1733 that it was granted to Thomas Friend, who wanted to turn the keep into a summer house. This was achieved by 1744.
The Sussex Archaeological Society purchased the keep in the 20th century, it now makes a fascinating, entertaining visit for all the family, with unrivalled views from its high towers over the town, river and distant forest.
The admission fee allows visitors to tour both castle and the Barbican building.
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in the county of East Sussex(4.2 miles, 6.8 km, direction S)
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