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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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  • Battle Country Market

    Friday 28th November @ 9:45am
    Location: Battle

    Selling all local produce, home baking cakes and bread, Sussex cheeses, fresh vegetables, local eggs, flowers, jams, marmalades, chutneys, honey, ... more

  • ELF

    Friday 28th November @ 6:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Every Last Friday or ELF as it has been nick named is a festival of Music and the Arts held ... more

  • ELF (Every Last Friday)

    Friday 28th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Every Last Friday or ELF as it has been nick named is a festival of Music and the Arts held ... more

  • 88 Sqn

    Saturday 29th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Xmas Craft Fayre. Battle Church/ Scout Hall.Free parking. Tables £15. ... more

  • Battle Christmas Lights-on

    Saturday 29th November @ 2:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Santa is coming to town with his helpers and is looking forward to seeing lots of children and switching on ... more

  • Ghost Hunt at Yesterday's World

    Saturday 29th November for 2 days @ 8:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Join us at the unique Yesterday's World! We'll take you back in time with this ghost hunt. You will be ... more

  • Battle Country Market

    Friday 5th December @ 9:45am
    Location: Battle

    Selling all local produce, home baking cakes and bread, Sussex cheeses, fresh vegetables, local eggs, flowers, jams, marmalades, chutneys, honey, ... more

  • Battle Christmas Food And Craft Event

    Saturday 6th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Food and craft event showcasing local businesses and crafters. Including cupcakes, jams, textiles, homeware, gifts and toys. Onsite cafe for ... more

  • Battle Christmas Food And Craft Event

    Thursday 11th December @ 5:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Food and craft event showcasing local businesses and crafters. Including cupcakes, jams, textiles, homeware, gifts and toys. Onsite cafe for ... more

  • Battle Country Market

    Friday 12th December @ 9:45am
    Location: Battle

    Selling all local produce, home baking cakes and bread, Sussex cheeses, fresh vegetables, local eggs, flowers, jams, marmalades, chutneys, honey, ... more

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