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May 2017


THIS MONTH : LATEST DATELINE STORYBOARD: Beachlands


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

AD 0100—1052

TIMELINE LOG : THE TWO THOUSAND YEAR TIMELINE THAT TELLS THE STORY OF PEVENSEY AND ITS RICH HISTORY.
BROWSE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE TIMELINE HERE

0100Pevensey LevelsBy the 1st century the wide bay was partly sheltered by storm beach shingle spits which gradually developed to allow vast quantities of marine and estuarine alluvium to be deposited behind. browse full entry on timeline
0200Evidence of pre-urban activityExcavations within the fort in 1936 discovered pottery of the 1st and 2nd centuries, suggesting Roman settlement in the vicinity.
0200Long Lost Pevensey LagoonI set out to learn as much as I could about this mysterious lagoon I'd read about that the Norman ships had supposedly sailed into in 1066AD to land on the North side of old Anderida in a perfectly formed shallow bay. The results began to take my breath away, the long lost mysterious lagoon formed in front of my eyes and what was more I could fly
0380Anderida—the castle the sea left high and dryANDERIDA the Roman fort, later known as Pevensey Castle is one of a chain of nine forts 'of the Saxon Shore; which was built as part of a huge programme of defensive works undertaken by the Romans during their occupancy of Britain.
0340Coastal Location and the Roman HarbourBoth the Roman fort, and the medieval town and castle of Pevensey were dependent on the coastal location. The location of the Roman harbour is not known, although ships may have been able to dock immediately adjacent to the fort. By the medieval period, the port was located at the east of the town on the channel that then ran south of the town
0491Caer-Anderida overrun by South SaxonsCaer-Anderida is Pevensey (Anderitum). It is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles as a British stronghold overrun by the invading South Saxons under King Aelle in 491.
0795The Saxon name, PevenseyPevensey means island or marsh of Pefen or Peofena. A Saxon of whom nothing is known was probably the head of the family or tribe which first settled in Pevensey. In early French forms Pevenesel and Paevenisel appear first in a forged charter dated 795AD; the charter was forged to strengthen a claim made by the monks of St. Denis in France to the ownership of Pevensey and may be taken as proof that a place called Pevensey existed at the time.
0825Kingdom of Sussex Lost!!King Aelfwald Hands the Crown to King Ecgberht and Wessex. Our just and rightful king has this day saved us, his loyal servants, the good people of the fair kingdom of Sussex, from war and great slaughter at the hands of mighty Wessex, by submitting to the king of that nation King Ecgberht.
1049Late Saxon and Norman PortAs in the Roman period, Late Saxon development of the site was doubtless influenced by the substantial coastal embayment of what later became the reclaimed land of Pevensey Levels. This natural harbour enabled Pevensey to develop as a port utilized for coastal and cross-channel shipping, and was one of many such coastal settlements developing and expanding in the late 10th, 11th centuries in Sussex.
1052The Return of Godwin from exile in FlandersThe day they came, was fine and sunny, the sky clear and blue, the sea a millpond as we ‘long-lined’ for Mackeral and Bass just off the stony shore of Pevensey, with Anderida looming high above us like some great sentinel ghost ship. They had come, they told us when we landed; from Hastings.