Is this one still considered motte-and-bailey construction? Fits the plan, but the motte seems a bit lower than some others.
I'm glad you asked me that.
Pevensey is one of the few Norman castles that wasn't built on the motte and bailey plan. The site was strong enough- built on a peninsula with existing Roman walls- that they didn't need to throw up an artificial mound.
I'm most glad to receive your reply! I stared at Google satellite imagery and your photos, but feared that maybe I just hadn't looked at enough castles to know how variable they could be. Thanks.
I like this one. There's so much of it still standing.
Know it very well. Been round the grounds too.
We had a look inside on this visit. I haven't posted any pictures of the interior because the outside is more photogenic.
So green and peaceful now, after, what, six hundred years...
600 years? I think it's more like 700 since it last saw any serious violence.
I do love exploring amongst old stones. This one has a long history of use...and it is interesting that they might have used it as recently as WWII if necessary.
Pevensey is one of the great sites of English history- and now a backwater. I like that combination of a busy past and peaceful present.
Few English castles have seen quite so much action.
And apparently I am incapable of reading its name without thinking of Kipling.
That's not altogether surprising.
C. S. Lewis, in my case, though the spelling's different.