As part of my first Bald Explorer adventure I journeyed to the East Sussex county town of Lewes. It was here in the 13th Century that an important battle took place. I decided to pull on my walking boots and take to the hills. I good stout walk and a hearty climb too me to the top of the South Down’s which over look this quaint old market town.
The Battle of Lewes was one of two main battles of the conflict known as the Second Barons’ War. It took place above Lewes in Sussex, on 14 May 1264. Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, was the main instigator, and made him the “uncrowned King of England”. He won this battle but was killed in Evesham the following year.
Henry the third was touring the country and was staying in the priory at Lewes with his son Prince Edward, later to be Edward the first. As the sun came up over the chalky hills, so too did De Montfort’s troops and the Henry III was forced into action.
Richard Vobes AKA the Bald Explorer is off to Lewes in East Sussex to investigate the battleground and tell the story of this important conflict. Being an avid filmmaker I was very keen to shoot a video about it and present it here.