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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Priory and Roman settlement in Lewes to receive £188,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The town of Lewes has played a vital but largely overlooked role in medieval religion, the birth of parliamentary democracy and in the development of Roman Britain.

Now the recognition of this historical importance will be given a major boost thanks to two projects made possible by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grants totalling almost £188,000.

The subjects of the grants are seen as being of national, if not international, significance. One is the ruined Priory of St Pancras, the other the site of a hitherto unmapped Roman settlement just north of the county town.

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: “Taken together, these projects shine a light onto centuries of history when the town of Lewes and its surrounding area was a witness to some pivotal moments in the development of Britain.”

Putting Lewes Priory on the Map aims to give much greater prominence to the Priory of St Pancras, which was founded in the 11th century by William de Warenne – who had fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings – and his wife Gundrada.

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