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Saxon Shore Fort at Pevensey: Roman Gate

Athena Review: Pevensey 1Pevensey (Roman Anderitum) was listed in the Notitia Dignitatum, an administrative document for AD 395-430, as one of the Saxon Shore Forts and naval bases used by the Roman military on the southeast coast of Britain, to ward off increasing Germanic invasions in the 4th-5th centuries. Constructed in about AD 340 and covering ten acres on a peninsula near the mouth of the River Ashburn, the Roman castle at Pevensey was the only one of the nine Saxon  Shore Forts which was newly built for the purpose. The main entrance at the southwest, approached by land, had two round-fronted bastions guarding a rectangular gatehouse. Pevensey Castle was later rebuilt as a Norman Fortress.

[Fig.1: Main Roman gate at Pevensey Castle (photo: Athena Review).]

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