The Battle of Lewes, won by Simon de Montfort on May 14,1264, was part of an English civil war aimed at getting better, fairer government. After his victory over King Henry III, de Montfort set about calling Britain’s first ever representative parliament. This makes Lewes one of the most politically important battles ever fought in England.
“In 2014 we will commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.
“(There are) many ways in which we are celebrating the place we live, and the place the Battle of Lewes occupies in political, parliamentary and military history.
“The popular story of the Battle of Lewes has been told and retold but there are many unanswered questions. Now is the time to learn and share knowledge.
“What we do know is that the battle did open the way for what eventually became a representative democracy. The battlefield at Lewes marks that point when the world turned in a different direction.”
Baroness Andrews, Patron, Battle of Lewes Project
- Baker’s Battle. Listen to Lewes MP Norman Baker as he talks to project volunteers about the importance of the batttle, in a film made by students at Sussex Downs College, Lewes.
- Read an interview with project leader Edwina Livesey. Viva Lewes Page 21.