Rape of Pevensey

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The main gate of Pevensey Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape

The Rape of Pevensey is one of the rapes, the traditional sub-divisions unique to the historic county of Sussex in England.


William the Conqueror granted the rape of Pevensey to his half-brother Robert, Count of Mortain shortly after the Norman Conquest.


Pevensey rape lies between the rape of Lewes to the west and the rape of Hastings to the east. The north-west of the rape is bounded by the county of Surrey and the north-east of the rape by the county of Kent. To the south lies the English Channel. The rape of Pevensey includes the towns of Crowborough, Eastbourne and East Grinstead. At 242 metres (794 ft) tall, Crowborough Beacon in the High Weald is the highest point in the rape.


The rape is traditionally divided into the following hundreds:

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