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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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  • 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

  • Brother in Art - John and Paul Nash

    Saturday 1st October for 31 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    British design British made will be showcasing and offering for sale exceptional quality Limited Edition Prints of selected works by ... more

  • Historic Experiences History Walk

    Saturday 8th October
    Location: Battle

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

  • The True CRIME WALK

    Tuesday 11th October
    Location: Hastings

    "Delve in to the heart of Hastings Town centre on this brand new walking tour revealing crimes old and new, ... more

  • Concorde1066

    Friday 14th October
    Location: Battle

    Concorde 1066, town civic event to commemorate 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. ... more

  • The Battle Of Hastings

    Saturday 15th October for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey - see website for full details. ... more

  • 1066 Way to Battle Race

    Sunday 16th October
    Location: Battle

    1066 Way To Battle race, Pevensey Castle – Battle Abbey 17 miles This event is part of the celebrations of ... more

  • Brothers in Art - John and Paul Nash

    Tuesday 18th October @ 7:15pm
    Location: Battle

    A passionate advocate of 20th century British painting and design, James Russell writes and lectures widely. He also curates exhibitions, ... more

  • Pure Arts Group at Powdermills

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Battle

    Pure Arts Group annual Art Fair, Powdermills Hotel, Battle ... more

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