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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?

  • Shellfish Tasting Dinner

    Thursday 16th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    01424 774422 Reservations Only. ... more

  • Concert by the East Sussex Youth Orchestra

    Saturday 25th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The East Sussex Youth Orchestra will give a concert at the Del La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill. The programme will be ... more

  • Opera Evening

    Saturday 25th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Battle and Villages Lions Club - Present an Opera Evening at Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Battle Road, Hastings. Tickets: £45 includes ... more

  • Jazz Picnic

    Sunday 26th July @ 1:00pm
    Location: Westfield

    Fantastic summer Jazz Picnic organised by Rotary Club of Senlac. Entry from 11.30am. Live music from the fabulous Sussex Jazz ... more

  • Battle Abbey Rock School

    Monday 27th July for 5 days
    Location: Battle

    A five day music course for 14-18 year olds. Band workshops, talks and live performance masterclasses from leading music industry ... more

  • Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament

    Monday 3rd August for 6 days @ 9:00am
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The venue is The Polegrove, Richmond Road. The tournament consists of singles, pairs and triple. Further information can be obtained ... more

  • Birds of Prey at the Museum

    Tuesday 4th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Birds of Prey at the Museum with children's art activities. Venue: Battle Museum of Local History, The Almonry, Battle, East ... more

  • Flower Show /Fayre

    Saturday 8th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Crowhurst

    Crowhurst and District Horticultural Society have their Summer Flower Show as part of the Village Annual Fayre at the Crowhurst ... more

  • Birds of Prey at the Museum

    Tuesday 11th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Birds of Prey at the Museum with children's art activities. Venue: Battle Museum of Local History, The Almonry, Battle, East ... more

  • Village Fun Day

    Sunday 16th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Westfield

    Westfield Youth Club are organising a Family Fun Day at the Parish Field. Free admission. Climbing wall, laser tag, sweet ... more


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