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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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  • Murderous Sussex

    Friday 12th February
    Location: Hastings

    Beaten and Buried on Eastbourne Beach… Machine-gunned by a jealous lover in Portslade… Hanged twice at Lewes Prison… And dissolved ... more

  • An Evening of Folk and Acoustic Music

    Saturday 13th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    With 'The Moonlighters', 'Porvari', 'Ducks Eyeball' and a Special Guest. Tickets £4 in advance from the Emmanuel Centre, 'Spoilt Rotten' ... more

  • Frozen Themed Tea Party

    Wednesday 17th February @ 11:00am
    Location: Hastings

    The Snow Queen is hosting a Frozen-themed tea party at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium. The Rock-a-Nore Road attraction is holding ... more

  • Brede High Woods Annual Meeting

    Thursday 18th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Brede

    Join the Woodland Trust team for some refreshments, share your views about the woods and hear our plans for 2016. ... more

  • RHS Horticultural Talk

    Friday 19th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Crowhurst

    RHS Garden Talk to be held @ Crowhurst Village Hall entitled "The Small Greenhouse" given by RHS speaker and expert ... more

  • Battle Speakers Club

    Thursday 25th February @ 7:15pm
    Location: Battle

    Nervous about speaking in public, no need to be, join Battle speakers club. The difference will amaze you. Meeting every ... more

  • Torchlight Tour

    Saturday 7th May @ 5:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Intrepid visitors to the famous Smugglers Adventure in Hastings will have a second chance to take part in a special ... more

  • Flower Festival

    Friday 29th July for 3 days
    Location: Ewhurst Green

    Flower Festival to celebrate the patron Saint, James the Great. He is the patron saint of Spain and one of ... more

  • Bexhill Men's Open Bowls Tournament

    Monday 1st August @ 9:00am
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Singles, Pairs and Triples competitions ... more

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