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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?

  • Halloween Horror Film Extravaganza

    Sunday 23rd October for 8 days @ 9:00am
    Location: Hastings

    The True Crime Museum Horror Film Extravaganza - This Half Term we've got a treat in store for you! If ... more

  • Abbey After Dark

    Thursday 27th October for 3 days
    Location: Battle

    Abbey After Dark, Battle Abbey - age 13+. For further details visit ... more

  • Battle Bonfire

    Saturday 5th November
    Location: Battle

    Battle Bonfire ad Torchlight procession ... more

  • Merrily We Roll Along - Sondheim

    Thursday 10th November for 3 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle Light Opera present Merrily We Roll Along by Sondheim.For further details and tickets visit BLOG website. ... more

  • Andy Hamblin Fine Art Exhibition

    Saturday 12th November for 2 days @ 9:00am
    Location: Battle

    Andy Hamblin is a renowned professional Sussex landscape artist producing beautiful oil on canvas paintings in 'ultra fine' detail. Andy ... more

  • DLWP & Music's Not Dead present Steve Gunn

    Sunday 13th November
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    In the Café Bar, standing event Doors 7.30pm £12.50 in advance, £15 Door Steve Gunn – Eyes On The Lines ... more

  • The Core Of The Matter

    Thursday 17th November
    Location: Brede

    All are welcome to come along to the monthly Rye & District National Trust Association Talk at Brede Village Hall. ... more

  • The Core of the Matter

    Thursday 17th November
    Location: Brede

    The monthly National Trust Association talk will be given by Peter Spencer, a well known member of the Association, who ... more

  • Robertsbridge Bonfire

    Saturday 19th November
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Robertsbridge Bonfire ad Torchlight procession. The Sussex bonfire season goes out with a bang with the Robertsbridge Bonfire and Torchlight ... more

  • Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

    Sunday 20th November
    Location: Brede

    All are welcome to come along to the monthly Rye & District National Trust Association Talk. This is the tercentenary ... more


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