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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?

  • Summer Holiday Club

    Monday 24th July for 26 days @ 8:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Bookings are now being taken for Summer Holiday Club at Robsack Wood Primary Academy. The Holiday Club will run from ... more

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 1st 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

  • Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament

    Monday 7th August for 6 days
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Singles, Pair and Triples competions. This will take place at the Polegrove, Richmond Road Bexhill on Sea ... more

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 8th 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

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 15th 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

  • Lambchop

    Friday 18th August
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Kurt Wagner and his Nashville band bring R&B grooves to the Pavilion this Summer. The problem with writing about Lambchop ... more

  • Medieval Falconry

    Saturday 19th August for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Embark on a flight of fancy and watch as hawks, owls and falcons soar high above the abbey in an ... more

  • 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

  • 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

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