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Battle in East Sussex

The attractive town of Battle gets it name from the Battle of Hastings, which was fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history. The town grew up around the Abbey of St Martin which was built by William the Conqueror after the battle. It is said that William vowed that should he win the battle he would build such an abbey. The abbey was built between 1070 and 1094, and the high altar is believed to have been placed on the spot where Harold fell. Today the Abbey ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit. The imposing Abbey gatehouse built circa 1338 can be seen as you look down the length of the High Street.

Battle has some notable Georgian buildings along its High Street. The cottages and houses near the Abbey date from around 1700. The parish church of St Mary was built in Norman times and for the most part is 12th century in construction. It offers the visitor rare 14th century wall paintings and a Norman font amongst other things. At the Northern end of the High Street can be found the Almonry which was built in 1090 and now houses the Town Council and the Battle Museum of Local History.

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What's On in Battle?

  • English Tourism Week

    Saturday 25th March for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Grab your Free Hastings Card at The True Crime Museum! This English Tourism Week, The True Crime Museum and the ... more

  • Streets of Battle

    Saturday 25th March @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Free family entertainment in the streets of Battle. Top quality Street Performers bring you some of the UK's best street ... more

  • Faure Requiem Workshop

    Saturday 25th March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Battle

    A chance to enjoy a vocal workshop and performance of the Faure Requiem with Roger Wilcox, conductor of Hastings BIG ... more

  • Drawn to the Page

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    There’ll be lots of inspiration to be had as you learn about the art on display and develop your own ... more

  • Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 25th March
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Free, booking recommended Join a ... more

  • Mum's The Word

    Sunday 26th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Treat Mum to an unforgettable day out to Hastings! Delve deep into the mind of the serial killers as they ... more

  • 1st Guestling & Pett Brownies

    Tuesday 28th March @ 4:00pm
    Location: Guestling

    Brownies is an exciting group giving girls between the ages of 7 and 10 the opportunity to experience and learn ... more

  • Hastings Pier Free Family Workshops

    Saturday 1st April for 11 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Come and create with us in the Piers Birch Room - and take what you make home! Each workshop specialises ... more

  • Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 1st April
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Free, booking recommended Join a ... more

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Thursday 6th April
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus & Mary Chain bring their hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics to Bexhill. ... more

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