Historic documents given to Pevensey Court Museum

Peter Harrison & Documents SUS-141208-140712001
Peter Harrison & Documents SUS-141208-140712001

The Pevensey Court House museum has been presented with historic material in the form of two Freedom of Pevensey documents.

The documents, dating back to 1864, were donated by Adrian Carter at Rodney Warren & Co solicitors.

The original Freedom of Pevensye document was given to John Campion Coles, who was an Eastbourne solicitor as well as the last ever town clerk of Pevensey.

Peter Harrison, curator of Pevensey Court House museum took the documents on behalf of the museum, and revealed the significance of the historic certificates.

“John Campion Coles was a remarkable man in both Eastbourne’s and Pevensey’s history,” he said.

“He was one of the very first solicitors in Eastbourne.

“He was also a very public-spirited man. He started all sorts of charitable organisations. I don’t know how he had all the time to do it.”

The documents also have the seal of Pevensey attached to them. “These are very rare and very few and far between,” Mr Harrison added.

“They are potentially very valuable. It would be difficult to know exactly how much they are worth without making enquiries but they are certainly very valuable in Pevensey.”

This year, 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. 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.