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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?

  • Birds of Prey

    Tuesday 30th August
    Location: Battle

    Birds of Prey at Battle Mueum. ... more

  • From Pier to Eternity

    Friday 2nd September
    Location: Hastings

    From Pier to Eternity glamorous bike ride. Meet outside Hastigs Pier. Decorate your bike with lights and follow the procession. ... more

  • Exhibition

    Sunday 4th September for 27 days
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Chris Levine at the blackShed Gallery, Robertsbridge. ... more

  • BBB10K

    Sunday 4th September
    Location: Battle

    BBB10K and Junior Race, High Street Battle. ... more

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Sunday 4th September @ 3:30pm
    Location: Hastings

    Tickets and Information from Hastings Castle (01424) 444 412 See Tickets (0871) 220 0260 or www.seetickets.com Adult £14 / Child ... more

  • Beyond Bayeux

    Tuesday 6th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Battle

    The concept, design and historical context of the tapestries of ‚ÄčKate Russell BEM and Pauline Black from Alderney and Tina ... more

  • Historic Experiences History Walk

    Friday 9th September
    Location: Battle

    Join Tina Brown, local tour guide for 75 minutes of history! Discover the past and explore Battle in a unique ... more

  • Autumn Flower Show

    Saturday 17th September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Crowhurst

    Crowhurst and District Horticultural Society are holding their Autumn and final Flower and produce show - final one for this ... more

  • 1066 Charity Walk

    Sunday 25th September
    Location: Battle

    1066 Charity Walk for St Michael's Hospice. ... more

  • Battle Arts and Music Festival

    Saturday 1st October for 31 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle Arts and Music Festival - visit website for details and updates. ... more

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