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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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  • Save Bexhill Rescue

    Sunday 22nd October @ 10:00am
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Garage Sale at 23 Chantry Avenue, Bexhill to raise funds for Save Bexhill Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary. ... more

  • Serial Killer Week

    Sunday 22nd October @ 11:30am
    Location: Hastings

    Featuring such notorious names as ‘Richard Ramirez’, 'Baby Farmer Amelia Dyer' and 'Killer Doctor Bodkin Adams'. Come face to face ... more

  • Public Service Broadcasting

    Wednesday 25th October
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    After two years up in the stratosphere with the hugely successful ‘The Race For Space’, Public Service Broadcasting are returning ... more

  • Paul Simon's Graceland Performance

    Saturday 28th October
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Paul Simon's Graceland performed in full by The London African Gospel Choir. Live performance and dance is brought to the ... more

  • Battle Bonfire

    Saturday 4th November
    Location: Battle

    Battle Bonfire - a fantastic event for full details visit: http://www.battelbonfire.co.uk/2017/Bonfire/Bonfire.php ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic and Choir

    Saturday 4th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    at St Mary in the Castle. Helen May - Soprano, Kieran White - Tenor, Jolyon Loy - Baritone Marcio da ... more

  • Billy Bragg

    Sunday 5th November
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Fresh from touring the world with Joe Henry and galvanised by ‘events’, not least the worrying rise of popularism, Billy ... more

  • Afro Celt Sound System and the DHOL Foundation

    Sunday 12th November
    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

  • The November Art Show

    Wednesday 15th November for 5 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    An exciting and varied selection of affordable art. 6 talented artists will be displaying their work for sale, including Ceramics ... more

  • OMD

    Wednesday 15th November
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    English new wave/synthpop act, OMD, developed a strong fan base in the 80s, before returning to the fore in 2006, ... more

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