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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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  • Table Talk

    Friday 19th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Battle

    An evening of guilt free eaves-dropping. This hilarious comedy act are the funniest dinner guests you'll ever have the pleasure ... more

  • Battle Country Market

    Saturday 20th December @ 9:45am
    Location: Battle

    Special Christmas Market.Selling all local produce, home baking cakes and bread, Sussex cheeses, fresh vegetables, local eggs, flowers, jams, marmalades, ... more

  • Battle Christmas Food And Craft Event

    Saturday 20th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Food and craft event showcasing local businesses and crafters. Including cupcakes, jams, textiles, homeware, gifts and toys. Onsite cafe for ... more

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Saturday 20th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Battle Memorial Hall. A tradional Christmas Pantomime for all the Family. ... more

  • Joyeux Noël

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Ashburnham

    This Christmas Melodia are back with a selection of beautiful Christmas carols from around Europe, including all our most loved ... more

  • Sean Fennessey & Co

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Back due to popular demand this fantastic group of musicians and entertainers never disappoint our guests. They'll make you laugh ... more

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Sunday 21st December @ 2:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Battle Memorial Hall. A tradional Christmas Pantomime for all the Family. ... more

  • Joyeux Noël

    Sunday 21st December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Battle

    This Christmas Melodia are back with a selection of beautiful Christmas carols from around Europe, including all our most loved ... more

  • Chloe Hanslip (violin) and Danny Driver (piano)

    Sunday 8th February @ 3:00pm
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Chloe Hanslip is established a world-class violinist and will perform works by York Bowen, Richard Strauss and Beethoven at the ... more

  • London Handel Players

    Saturday 14th March @ 7:30pm
    Location: Robertsbridge

    The London Handel Players are a leading Baroque Ensemble and will perform works by Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi, Leclair and Bach ... more

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