Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LF


Pavensey is the landing place of William of Normandy and his troops before the Battle of Hastings. It also marks the start of the 1066 Country Walk.

With so many notable attractions in Sussex it often happens that the quirky and unusual things escape notice. Pevensey Castle and its Mint House are fairly well known and visited, although the little Tudor Court House a few doors down from the castle in the High Street is often missed.
Deemed not to have any great architectural interest The Court House is reputed to be the oldest and smallest town hall in England and nevertheless has an interesting past. The present building was built in 1540 which superceded a 14th century structure. Apparently Pevensey had a mayor and corporation here even before the Normans landed and it is thought the building dates back to the 6th century.

This small white building includes an exercise yard (6ft x 14ft ), a secure prison area at lower ground floor level with two little white cells up until about 1700 there were about 8 lock-ups and they even had two escapees. An outside staircase leads to the court room above (18ft x 14ft) with a clerks bench and magistrates bench , altogether rather like an old-time Sherriff's office.

In 1882 when Pevensey lost its status as a borough, The Pevensey Town Trust was established to administer the Court House. Today the Court House is a museum, where it houses a robing room and visitors can see displayed there the Great Seal of Charles I and the oldest surviving Cinque Port Seal c.1230 which signified that Pevensey was a Cinque port, one of group of towns that pledged its supply of men and ships against invasion. Many other interesting exhibits are on display here including the Pevensey Town official weights and measures.
The Court House is open for all four Easter days from 11.00-16.00 and thereafter from 1st May until 30th September
Admission fees: Adults £ 1.50. OAPS and Students £1.00. Children ( Under 16 free )
Telephone enquiries Tel: 01323 762309

For all enquiries and group bookings, owing to lack of space recommended 20-5 persons at a time !

Book Tickets


Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Pevensey Castle

    A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence against Saxon pirates, includes fine west…

    0.42 miles away
  2. Pevensey Bay

    Pevensey, a village that boasts an impressive historical background also has a lot to…

    0.46 miles away
  3. Eastbourne Extreme

    Eastbourne Extreme FREE two day sports festival on land, air and sea!

    3.14 miles away
  1. Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

    Travel behind the 1/8th scale miniature steam or diesel locomotive for nearly a mile…

    3.19 miles away
  2. Treasure Island

    Swashbuckling adventure at Treasure Island theme park. Soft Play, Mini Golf, Play Park…

    3.4 miles away
  3. Herstmonceux Castle Estate

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious…

    3.65 miles away
  4. Royal Hippodrome

    Theatre featuring variety shows, comedy and musicals.

    3.99 miles away
  5. Eastbourne Pier

    Eastbourne Pier is a traditional English seaside pier with a variety of shops, arcades, a…

    4.12 miles away
  6. Camera Obscura at Eastbourne Pier

    The Camera Obscura gives visitors a magical view of the seafront, you can witness the…

    4.15 miles away
  7. Tudor History Tours

    Unique holidays in Southern England, brought to you by Tudor History Tours, who offer an…

    4.32 miles away
  8. Eastbourne Bandstand

    1930's Bandstand which hosts concerts from Tribute Bands to Traditional Concerts…

    4.36 miles away
  9. Devonshire Park Theatre

    The Devonshire Park Theatre is a Grade II listed building designed by Henry Currey, built…

    4.55 miles away
  10. Devonshire Park Tennis

    Eastbourne’s oldest park probably dating from around 1873 or 1874 when the Devonshire…

    4.57 miles away
  11. Congress Theatre

    The Congress Theatre is Grade II* listed. Purpose built, the theatre and conference venue…

    4.58 miles away
  12. Winter Gardens Theatre

    The Winter Garden consists of the Floral Hall, Gold Room and Devonshire Halls, used for…

    4.58 miles away
Previous Next