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Name:Winchelsea Town Wall, Winchelsea : medieval town wall
HER Ref:MES4096
Type of record:Monument


  • Conservation Area: WINCHELSEA
  • SHINE: Winchelsea: Medieval Market Town
  • Scheduled Monument: Strand Gate, Winchelsea
  • Scheduled Monument: Medieval town of Winchelsea


Portions of the Medieval town wall have been identified surrounding Winchelsea as well as a approximate scale based on existing earthworks and former gates.

Grid Reference:TQ 905 173
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Monument Types

  • TOWN DEFENCES (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)


(TQ 90251767) Town Wall [NR] (rems of) [NAT](TQ 90101648) Town Ditch [NR]. (1)
(TQ 90251767) A portion of the N.W angle of the town wall probably built c.1415. All that remains (except for some foundations on the W.) of the town wall which enclosed 150 acres. (2)
No trace of town wall save for "toothing" at the three extant gates. [TQ 91 NW 12, 13, 14]. (3)
(TQ 90101749) Scarp or double scarp feature probably on line of original town defence. [Surveyed at 1:2500](TQ 90501675) Conjectural course of town defence (approximate) deduced by relationship to natural slopes of former cliff and gates. (4)
Record reconstructed from Medieval Winchelsea Map Diagram, TQ 91 NW 2. (5)
A portion of the Medieval Town wall existing within Rookery field was surveyed in order to provide a clue as to its condition and management. The wall was artifically divided into existing lengths and described in detail. [6]
A stone by stone measured survey as well as a photographic record was created for the elements of the wall in Rookery Field.[7]


<2>Collection: Victoria History of the Counties of England:. vol 9 (1937) pp 63-4.
<3>Serial: Sussex Archaeological Society. Sussex notes and queries. vol 5 (1934-5).
<4>Correspondence: 1952. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comment. F1 NKB 13-OCT-72.
<5>Article in serial: Article in serial. Lee ES 20-JAN-93 RCHME Recording.
<6>Report: Archaeology South-East. no. 1294 (2000) Johnson C. & Knight, S.
<7>Report: Archaeology South-East. ASE 1551 / RoHAS No. 1382 Additional (2002) Knight, S.

Associated Events

  • Town Wall, Rookery Field Phase 1, Winchelsea : Historic Building Recording
  • Medieval Town Wall, Rookery Field (Phase 2), Winchelsea : Historic Building Recording (Ref: 1382a)

Associated Monuments - none recorded

Associated Finds - none recorded