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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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  • Plant Sale

    Saturday 2nd May @ 10:00am
    Location: Crowhurst

    Crowhurst and District Horticultural Society are holding a Plant Sale as part of the monthly village market, Venue: Crowhurst Village ... more

  • Rockitmen at The Senlac Inn

    Sunday 3rd May @ 4:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Join the Rockitmen in Battlr for another Bank Holiday Knees Up! ... more

  • Country Lifestyle Luxury Gift Fair

    Wednesday 6th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Ashburnham

    Welcome to Country Lifestyle 2015 Gift Fairs, hosted by Ashburnham Place, in the heart of East Sussex. This unique ... more

  • South Pacific

    Thursday 7th May for 3 days @ 7:30pm
    Location: Battle

    South Pacific presented by Battle Light Opera. This epic musical romance centres on a group of American sailors and Navy ... more

  • Heath Quartet and Michael Collins (Clarinet)

    Saturday 9th May @ 7:30pm
    Location: Robertsbridge

    The Heath Quartet is the leading young quartet of its generation and is joined by the internationally renowned clarinettist Michael ... more

  • Open Day - Brownbread Horse Rescue

    Sunday 17th May @ 10:30am
    Location: Battle

    Open Day at the Brownbread Horse Rescue,Brownbread Street, Ashburnham TN33 9NX with lots activities including dog show, stalls and more. ... more

  • Vegetarian and Vegan Dinner

    Thursday 21st May @ 7:15pm
    Location: Battle

    Vegetarian and Vegan Dinner. Venue: Nobles Restaurant, 17 High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AE. Call 01424 774422 to book. ... more

  • Squire School at Battle Abbey

    Saturday 23rd May for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Try your skills with sword and shield to the test in this fun challenge for kids. A knighthood awaits the ... more

  • Birds of Prey at the Museum

    Saturday 23rd May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Birds of Prey at the Museum. Venue: Battle Museum of Local History, The Almonry, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0EA. For ... more

  • Battle Medieval Fayre

    Sunday 24th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    A Maypole, May Queen, mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery are all part of Battle Medieval Fayre. Venue: The ... more

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