ewes Castle is situated In Sussex and construction was begun in around 1080. The castle has two mottes which is unusual.

Lewes Castle Key Facts
CountyEast Sussex (7 castles)
DirectionsAt the centre of Lewes. Lewes is about nine miles to the north-east of Brighton
CategoriesMotte & Bailey / Stone
RemainsNot complete but much survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times

1080   Construction of Lewes Castles
 Work on a castle at Lewes began in 1080 and lasted possibly to around 1100.[1]

Episode: Norman Conquest  

Motte and Bailey Castles

Virtual reconstruction

The Norman Conquerors built their castles in locations where they could keep control of the local populations of Saxons or at important locations such as river crossings or on key roads. Many motte and bailey castles were built on the border with Wales to try and keep the Welsh at bay. The advantage of this type of castle was that it was quick to construct. Making a fortification from wood was much easier than making one of stone.

Trebuchet Game (Beta Version)

Take control of a medieval trebuchet to destroy the enemy castle and capture their flag.



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Explore a Motte and Bailey Castle

Android Phone App

TimeRef UK Castles Mobile App for Android Phone

This Android app allows you to find castles thar are near you. Currently the app includes only English and Welsh castles.

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