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If walls could talk then I'm sure old Pevensey Castle in England would have more than a few stories to tell. From its birth as Roman Fort in AD290 right through 16 centuries of history (including use as a home-base during WWII), this is reported to be the oldest castle in Britain. There may only be the outer walls left but considering her age, I'd say Lady Pevensey is looking pretty damn fine.
Okay, so as mentioned above, the Romans built a fort in East Sussex along the coastline of what is now known as Pevensey in AD290. The world has certainly transformed since the building of the original fortress - the ocean which once lapped against the castle walls, is now four miles away. The outer walls of the original fortress are still visible and you can get a feel for the scope of this structure by checking out the aerial view picture below - pretty amazing!
On 28th September 1066, William the Conqueror and his army landed on the shores of Pevensey where they rested and planned the infamous battle of Hastings. There, it continued to be used by nobility until in the 15th Century it began to be used as a prison. There are too many stories about this period of the castle's life to include in this meager little blog post!
A really interesting fact is that during WWII, American and Canadian troops were stationed at Pevensey Castle to protect Britain against shore landings.
Ghost Stories: As you can imagine of a structure is old as this one, Pevenesey Castle is reputed to be haunted by a wide variety of ghosts. Time Travel Britain's Ghosts of Pevensey article tells the tale of one such spectre:
Web Sources: Time Travel Britain