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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?

  • Streets of Battle

    Saturday 28th May
    Location: Battle

    Streets of Battle, live street theatre throughout the town ... more

  • Birds of Prey

    Saturday 28th May for 3 days
    Location: Battle

    Birds of Prey at Battle Mueum. ... more

  • Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics

    Saturday 28th May for 9 days
    Location: Battle

    Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics at Battle Abbey. ... more

  • Battle Medieval Fayre

    Sunday 29th May for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle Medieval Fayre on the Abbey Green, Battle - lots fun and things to do. ... more

  • Battle Medieval Fayre

    Sunday 29th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Two days of Medieval fun for the whole family! FREE ENTRY ... more

  • Medieval Gazebo at the Medieval Fair

    Sunday 29th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Medieval Gazebo selling fine Italian fine organic ancient wines from family vineyards. Please come join us at this Medieval fair ... more

  • Alan Rankle Exhibition

    Wednesday 1st June for 39 days
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Alan Rankle at blackShed Gallery.His ongoing collabroration with fellow blackShed artist Kirsten Reynolds as Rankle & Reynolds has generated a ... more

  • Opera SouthEast

    Saturday 18th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    The esteemed local opera group is visiting the Emmanuel Centre for the first time. This will be a popular event. ... more

  • Opera SouthEast

    Saturday 18th June
    Location: Battle

    An evening of extracts from the operas with the renowned Opera SouthEast. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door ... more

  • All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

    Saturday 18th June for 15 days @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Bowler Crab Productions present William Shakespeare's All’s Well That Ends Well at Half House Farm this June! Don’t miss this ... more

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