Lewes Castle: Medieval 600-tonne wall collapses on house

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A medieval castle’s 600-tonne wall collapsed on to a house and garden in Lewes sparking a major search.

Emergency services, including a hazardous area response team and sniffer dogs, went to the scene of the collapse of the 10m (32ft) by 10m wall.

The wall had been reportedly undergoing work to remove ivy in recent weeks.

A spokeswoman for castle owners Sussex Archaeological Society said the wall that collapsed was privately-owned and the section that had fallen was part of the curtain wall that ran round the entire outside of the 1,000-year-old landmark

It was one of the last remaining sections of the historic defence wall, she said, adding: “There’s not much of it left standing. It’s one of the last sections that was still at full height.”

Read the full story on BBC News

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