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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?

  • English Wine Dinner

    Thursday 28th May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    English Wine Tasting Dinner @ Nobles Restaurant. In conjunction with The Essential Wine School & English Wine Week. ... more

  • Classical Guitar Concert

    Saturday 30th May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Paul O'Loughlin plays his 'Spirit of the Guitar' set: an evening of magical classical guitar in the Shepherd Room. Includes ... more

  • Louis Lortie (Piano)

    Saturday 6th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Louis Lortie is a world-renowned Canadian pianist whose recordings and concert appearances also receive critical acclaim. He will be performing ... more

  • Floral Art Demonstration

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

    Local flower arranger and judge Ann Brooks will be kindly producing some further lovely floral displays in the village hall. ... more

  • Asian Tasting Wine Dinner

    Thursday 25th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Battle

    01424 774422 Reservations Only. ... more

  • Asian Wine Dinner

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

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

  • Battle's Big Weekend - Band Night

    Sunday 28th June
    Location: Battle

    A huge night of music under the cover of the marquee on Battle Recreational Ground. The Line Up includes - ... more

  • Battle's Big Weekend - Carnival

    Sunday 28th June @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    The carnival is set to be a colourful and musical show of all the amazing and varied groups, clubs and ... more

  • Battle's Big Weekend - Summer Fayre

    Sunday 28th June @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    A traditional Summer Fayre with stalls and activities for everyone. A craft fayre also takes place in the marquee. Entrance ... more

  • Battle Scarecrow Festival

    Monday 29th June for 20 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle Scarecrow Festival- lots of scarecrows scattered throughout the town of Battle. ... more


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