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.
- Why celebrate?
- Learn about the battle
- Explore the battlefield
- The Battle of Lewes Tapestry
- Find us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter: @LewesBattle2014
- Follow Lewes Castle on Twitter