Battle Memorial

Battle of Lewes Memorial
© Lewes Priory Trust

Battle of Lewes Memorial

The battle memorial, created by the sculptor Enzo Plazzotta, was presented to the town of Lewes by its MP Sir Tufton Beamish in 1964 on the 700th anniversary of the battle. Scenes from the Battle of Lewes encircle the helm on a bronze chaplet with a quotation from the Song of Lewes reading:

NOW ENGLISHMEN, READ ON ABOUT THIS BATTLE FOUGHT AT LEWES' WALLS. BECAUSE OF THIS YOU ARE ALIVE AND SAFE. REJOICE THEN IN GOD. LAW IS LIKE FIRE, FOR IT LIGHTS AS TRUTH, WARMS AS CHARITY, BURNS AS ZEAL. WITH THESE VIRTUES AS HIS GUIDES, THE KING WILL RULE WELL.

The bronze plaque commemorating its unveiling in Priory Park by the Duke of Norfolk was subsequently stolen but a replacement with incised lettering on a slate panel was made by Derek Tourle of Uckfield and installed in January 2011 by the Mayor of Lewes, Micheal Turner.

The 2014 restoration was commemorated by a plaque which was unveiled by the Mayor of Lewes Cllr Ruth O'Keeffe.