Medieval wall collapse in Lewes

An investigation is underway following the collapse of a wall, part of Lewes Castle’s curtain wall, that sparked a large emergency response. 

The Argus writes:

The wall, which is 1000 years old, collapsed into a resident’s garden and against the Old Coach House.

The 11th-century castle has been closed to the public for safety reasons and is expected to reopen tomorrow.

Emergency services remain at the scene this evening following the wall collapse.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said its crews are expected to be there for most of the evening.

A spokesman said: ‘We continue to work with other organisations at Lewes Castle – steady progress is being made following the wall collapse.

‘Search dogs are being used along with the latest technology.

‘It’s not known why the wall collapsed.’

‘We were mobilised…  following reports part of Lewes Castle had fallen onto a commercial building called the Old Coach House.

‘Assistance was requested from Sussex Police, SECamb, HART, Building Control, the Red Cross and specialist teams, including both Kent and West Sussex Urban Search & Rescue….

‘There are no reports of injuries or casualties.’

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For more background see the Sussex Express, the New Civil Engineer and Lewes District Council website


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