Description: Keep to Lewes Castle
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 292991
OS Grid Reference: TQ4132710068
OS Grid Coordinates: 541327, 110068
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8728, 0.0073
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TQ 4110 SW LEWES CASTLE GATE
9/22 (west side)
25.2.52 Keep to Lewes Castle n
Castle. Circa 1100 for William de Warenne with two C13 turrets added
by John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey. Flint with stone dressings,
bands and copings, as well as quoins. Some repairs in brick. Shell
keep with hexagonal towers to south and west connected by wall twenty
yards long with remains of wall continuing to east and north for
approximately twenty-five yards. West tower: three stages, with stone
bands between. Embattled with loops in corners of third stage,
shallower second stage and loops in wall-faces of lowest stage, replaced
by tall narrow window in south-west face. South tower: four stages.
Embattled above with stair-turret to north, rising slightly above tower
with flagpole. Windows in top-stage, paired about corner. Shallower
second and third stages with paired windows in second stage, in faces
under string dividing this stage from the third above. Battered walls
below, up from motte. Court: stair-turret against south tower with
two Gothick-glazed pointed-arched windows. Single-storey flat-roofed
and embattled block against entrance to south tower with pointed arched
entrance in east face and pointed-arched Gothick-glazed window in front
face. Pointed arched entrance to recess to right. West tower:
deep recessed entrance, narrowing with chalk blocks below impost level.
Listing NGR: TQ4132710068
Source: English Heritage
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