November 2017


LATEST ON THE TIMELINE : From Bridge Farm to Westham, the untold story of Pevensey School


1800The Town c.1800-2007The majority of the buildings in Pevensey date from this period, not so much through loss of earlier buildings, but through largely piecemeal redevelopment of vacant plots. This was very small scale between 1840 and 1914, with the most significant developments being the creation of the cattle market on the site of the manor house (demolished c.1850174) and construction of Castle Terrace on the High Street east of the Mint House in the late 19th century. Also of the late 19th century are the vicarage (now Marsh Hall) and the National School (1876), both east of the church.
1822Norman's Bay—300 smugglers ambush shipThere was more activity at Normans Bay on 13th February 1822 when over 300 smugglers armed with clubs fought with excisemen who had ambushed them as they waited to land contraband from the ship Queen Charlotte.
1833Anti-TitheThe first ever anti-tithe meeting in the county of Sussex held at the New Inn in Pevensey.
1837Princess AugustaHRH Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822–1916), later the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz visits Pevensey Castle.
1846The Shipwreck of The Two CorneliusesShipwreck of the Dutch Indiaman vessel 'The Two Corneliuses' at Pevensey Bay with loss of life.
1846Arrival of the RailwaysThe London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) opened a line from Lewes to St Leonards in 1846
1847The Sinking of the AndorolettaA foreign vessel came ashore this (Sunday) morning during a tremendous gale of wind, and is a complete wreck, the beach being strewed with fragments for two or three miles.
1848From Cattle to CarsUp until 1848 there was still an annual livestock fair held in Pevensey on the 5th July.
After that date a cattle market was established in the 19th century on the site which is now known as the cattle market car park, and until circa 1850 the site of the Manor House.
1859Sinking of Revenue CutterFour Pevensey Coast-Guardsmen drowned trying to help the Revenue Cutter just off the Sluice.
1859The Hastings and St Leonards Philosophical SocietyThe Hastings and St Leonards Philosophical Society newly formed in 1858 undertake an archaeological examination of Pevensey Castle.
1865Norman's Bay—A Whale of a StoryAt 8pm on Monday 13th November 1865, William Richards, the Coastguardsman at nearby Pevensey Sluice spotted what appeared to be the upturned hull of a ship off the coast. He alerted Mr Bussell, the chief-officer of the watch and the two men watched as it headed towards the beach under a strong south-westerly wind. It was not a boat it was a whale - a huge Finback whale over 70 feet long and weighing more than 50 tons.
1879St Nicolas ChurchSt Nicolas Church reopens following extensive restoration work.
1880Christina Rossetti—Letter to her brother—Visit to Pevensey CastleMY DEAR GABRIEL, Thanks for your letter in proportion to its welcomeness what a word ! SOURCE: THE FAMILY LETTERS OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
1881The Beaching of the Victor HamilleThe recent stranding of the lugger at Pevensey requires no elaborate reference to call to mind the great snow storm which visited this country on the morning of Tuesday, the 18th of January. In that terrible weather, French fishing lugger, the Victor Hamille, was driven towards the shore and stranded off Pevensey.
1890Sheep shearing on the Pevensey LevelsThe Pevensey Levels is a curious landscape adjacent to the south coast. Extremely flat, it is criss-crossed by wide, ancient ditches, originally dug in the medieval period to drain what were at other times sea-inundated marshes, for grazing livestock.
1896Distressing Fatality at Pevensey CastleOn Tuesday afternoon a lad named Allen met with his death in very sad manner, at Pevensey Castle, whilst exploring the ruins. Accompanied his father, Mr. Arthur Frederick Allen, of Bexhill and brother named Arthur, the deceased entered the Castle precincts about three o'clock. On the south side of the drawbridge arch is a small archway, about 5ft. 9in. in height, the supports on the left side of which have crumbled away, leaving the large keystone in the centre adhering the mortar alone. In passing underneath this archway the little fellow, who only eleven years of age, jumped up and seized this stone. No sooner had he touched it, however, than it tumbled on him, bringing other stones with it, and falling upon his head, it crushed it in a terrible manner.