Special Freedom of Pevensey document given to museum

Peter Harrison, curator of Pevensey Court House Museum. SUS-140520-105121001
Peter Harrison, curator of Pevensey Court House Museum. SUS-140520-105121001

It’s an exciting time for Pevensey Court House Museum as it unveiled a new collection of items, including a Freedom of Pevensey document.

The historic artefact was donated to the museum by Eric Banks, the great-grandson of Jesse Banks, who was granted the Freedom of Pevensey in 1868. Jesse was one of, if not the last, surviving Cinque Ports baron and Freeman of the Pevensey Corporation.

Curator Peter Harrison said, “This is really a beautiful document dating back more than a hundred years. We’ve just had it framed and it’s so valuable to us because it’s also got the seal of Pevensey on it.”

The museum is also commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes and the Great Siege of Pevensey and has a put on a special display to inform and remember the historic events.

Mr Harrison added, “It is generally accepted by most historians that this was the biggest siege in Pevensey’s history and the one that caused the most damage.”

The museum is also marking the 100th anniversary of World War One and has a number of booklets about the War Memorials of St Nicholas Church in Pevensey, written by local historian Hugh Miller.

The Pevensey Court House Museum is a 16th-century building located on the High Street, Pevensey.

The museum is open from 11am-4pm daily until the end of September and admission prices are £1.50 for an adult, £1 for seniors and under-16s can go in for free so long as they’re accompanied with a full-paying adult.