Pevensey is on the map in national Magna Carta trail


Marking 800 years since the creation of the Magna Carta, Pevensey has its own special links with the charter, which it will display at the Court House Museum.

Pevensey is the only place in Sussex which will be part of the national Magna Carta Trail, which marks 800 years since the creation of the charter on June 15, 1215.

The Pevensey Court House Museum will put on an exhibition, displaying its links with King John and Magna Carta.

It includes the Pevensey Charter, which was created eight years before the Magna Carta in 1207, and the original seals. The special exhibition was launched on Monday evening, where the Pevensey Charter was read out by Peter Evans, dressed as the Beadle of Pevensey.

“Pevensey received its Royal Charter from King John eight years before the Magna Carta,” said museum curator Peter Harrison. “Four of the witnesses to the Pevensey Charter witnessed the Magna Carta.”

One of these witnesses was the Earl of Arundel, and a direct descendant, Janice Brown, was at the launch event on Monday.

Also at the launch was the chairman of Pevensey Parish Council Morris Gilbert, the chairman of Pevensey Town Trust Norman Beaney, as well as tourism officers from Wealden, Hastings and Eastbourne.

Another special item on show is the Freedom of Pevensey document, to John Campion Coles, who was an Eastbourne solicitor as well as the last ever town clerk of Pevensey. It is on display with the original Pevensey seals.

To learn more about Pevensey’s links with the Magna Carta, visit the Pevensey Court House Museum on the High Street.

From May 1, the museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am until 4pm. Admission is £2 for adults, £1.50 for seniors and students, and under 16s are free. Visit for more information.