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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Sussex Archaeological Society > The Battle of Lewes Project The Battle of Lewes Project

The Battle of Lewes took place in May 1264 when the armies of King Henry III and rebel baron Simon de Montfort clashed just outside the town walls. The king was defeated. After the battle de Montfort summoned England’s first representative Parliament.

The Battle of Lewes Project, based at Lewes Castle, aims to promote interest in this early struggle for democracy. It is a community project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will culminate in a special celebration in 2014 marking the battle’s 750th anniversary.

Since the launch, the project has involved more than 300 volunteers with diverse skills and interests including textiles, re-enactment, archaeology, film, medieval language, music and drama.

The Battle of Lewes Research and Steering Group meets at Lewes Castle every two months. It has grown from a small core of interested individuals to a large committee which includes a range of organisations including Sussex Archaeological Society, South Downs National Park, Lewes Town Council, Lewes District Council, The Battlefields Trust, Lewes Priory Trust,The Friends of Lewes and Lewes Rotary Club.

The Sussex Archaeological Society > The Battle of Lewes Project > The Battle of Lewes Project: Events
The Battle of Lewes Project: Events
Past Events


May 14: March on Lewes

“Advance Guard” walk from Fletching to Lewes tracing some of the paths that de Montfort’s army might have taken. This is a trial run for a walk planned for 2014. Peter Varlow explains.

May 14-20: Battlefield Survey, Landport Bottom, Lewes. The survey team will be led by Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society, and Stephanie Smith, the region’s Finds Liaison Officer based at Lewes Castle. They hope that some evidence of the 1264 conflict will be uncovered. Visitors will be able to take a look at any objects they discover.

May 17 and 18: Battlefield Tours

May 19: Battle of Lewes Day

Twitter: @LewesBattle2014

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