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Rape of Lewes

The keep of Lewes Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape

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


The rape of Bramber lies to its west and the rape of Pevensey lies to its east. The north the rape is bounded by the county of Surrey and to the south by the English Channel. The rape of Lewes includes the city of Brighton and Hove in its south-west corner, as well as the towns of Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford. At 248 metres (814 ft) tall, its highest point is Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs.


The rape is traditionally divided into the following hundreds:

See also


External links

  • Victoria County History - A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes
  • Lewes Rape through time - A Vision of Britain
  • Saxon Churches in Sussex - Lewes Rape
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