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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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  • Here Come The Girls!

    Sunday 8th March for 26 days @ noon
    Location: Battle

    On Sunday March 8th, International Women's Day, Saffron Gallery in Battle launches a major exhibition of female artists to celebrate ... more

  • Wedding Day Flowers

    Saturday 14th March @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    Wedding flowers are the final touch to make your wedding day perfect. Get beautiful floral ideas for your big day, ... more

  • Some Like It Hot Cookery Course

    Saturday 14th March @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    What a feast! Create a sumptuous Indian Saturday night takeaway to enjoy for your supper. You will produce a range ... more

  • Cripps and Saunders - Clasical Vocal Duo

    Saturday 14th March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Jill Saunders (soprano) and Alison Cripps (mezzo-soprano) are performing a classical vocal recital at Battle Methodist Church, The Emmanuel Centre. ... 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

  • Spring Flower Show

    Saturday 21st March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Crowhurst

    Crowhurst and District Horticultural Society are holding their Spring Flower Show. Visitors from 2pm Entry free but donations welcomed Light ... more

  • Spring Fair

    Saturday 28th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Ashburnham

    Spring Fair at Ashburnham Village Hall. Friendly Spring Fair, organised by Ashburnham & Penhurst WI. Local food and craft producers. ... more

  • ESSPA's 'Sleeping Beauty'

    Wednesday 1st April for 2 days @ 7:15pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Not sure how to entertain the family during the Easter Holidays? Then come along to see ESSPA’s innovative musical production ... more

  • Country Lifestyle Luxury Gift Fair

    Wednesday 6th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Ashburnham

    Welcome to Country Lifestyle 2015 Gift Fairs, hosted by Ashburnham Place, in the heart of East Sussex. This unique ... more

  • Heath Quartet and Michael Collins (Clarinet)

    Saturday 9th May @ 7:30pm
    Location: Robertsbridge

    The Heath Quartet is the leading young quartet of its generation and is joined by the internationally renowned clarinettist Michael ... more

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