The quaint East Sussex village of Pevensey was once on the coast, which was why the Romans built a powerful fort in a vain attempt to protect it from marauding Saxons.
The building was strengthened by the Normans and its walls and towers have survived, despite the fact that in 491AD the troops of Saxon king Aelle massacred its soldiers.
Mint House was built in
the 14th century on the site of a Norman mint
and is now a museum with rooms once used by
Pevensey Bay is a small, separate settlement on the nearby coast and it was here that William the Conqueror landed in 1066 before claiming victory over King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings.
For a long time the area was an important port and became one of the Cinque Ports in the 13th century.