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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?

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 22nd August
    Location: Battle

    All welcome to our Family Fun Days in the Museum - for further information visit http://www.battlelocalhistory.com/events---membership.html ... more

  • Bank Robbery Weekend

    Saturday 26th August for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    This Bank Holiday Weekend at The True CRIME Museum… A robbery has taken place! Find clues hidden around the museum ... more

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 29th August
    Location: Battle

    All welcome to our Family Fun Days in the Museum - for further information visit http://www.battlelocalhistory.com/events---membership.html ... more

  • Outdoor Theatre: Comedy of Errors

    Saturday 2nd September
    Location: Battle

    The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s ... more

  • LUCINDA WILLIAMS

    Monday 4th September
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    One of America's finest rock, folk, blues, and country music singer/songwriters performs at the De La Warr Pavilion this September. ... more

  • Band of Horses: Why Are You OK to Tour

    Tuesday 5th September
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Band of Horses return to the DLWP stage with new music from their fifth studio album 'Why Are You Ok'. ... more

  • Charity Auction

    Wednesday 6th September
    Location: Staplecross

    White Horse Stables is holding an auction to raise funds to cover a large vet's bill. Please make a note ... more

  • Storylines

    Sunday 10th September @ noon
    Location: Hastings

    Storylines – the White Rock in Hastings will be happening from 12 to 6pm at Rock Alley, Claremont, America Ground. ... more

  • P'opera - with Opera South East

    Saturday 30th September
    Location: Battle

    An evening of popular opera at the Emmanuel Centre. A sell out and much acclaimed last year. ... more

  • Hastings Oktoberfest

    Saturday 7th October
    Location: Hastings

    Wilkommen to Hastings Oktoberfest - Part Zwei as we return bigger and better to the atmospheric St Mary in the ... more

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