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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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  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Summer

    Thursday 1st June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphonic Summer at the De La Warr Pavilion in an evening of outstanding classics from ... more

  • Vintage Trouble

    Friday 2nd June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective ... more

  • Fun Dog Show

    Sunday 4th June
    Location: Staplecross

    In aid of White Horse Stables - Horse Rescue to be held at Ellenwhorne Equestrian Centre, Staplecross, TN32 5RT Telephone ... more

  • Saint Etienne

    Tuesday 6th June
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    The much-loved trio take the DLWP stage this summer performing new music from their upcoming album. On-sale: Friday 24 March ... more

  • Twelfth Night

    Wednesday 7th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s rib-ticklingly good comedy of old-fashioned trickery ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Pestalozzi Dog Dawdle

    Saturday 10th June @ 10:30am
    Location: Sedlescombe

    Pestalozzi is opening up its estate for free for its second Dog Dawdle event on Saturday 10th June. The event ... more

  • Romeo & Juliet

    Wednesday 14th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous story of whirlwind romance and ... more

  • Secret CRIMES of SUSSEX

    Friday 16th June
    Location: Hastings

    Hidden cases and local secrets await, what really went on in our county? A jealous woman… A drunken soldier… The ... more

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