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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?

  • ESSPA's 'Sleeping Beauty'

    Wednesday 1st April for 2 days @ 7:15pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    Not sure how to entertain the family during the Easter Holidays? Then come along to see ESSPA’s innovative musical production ... more

  • Battle Annual Marbles Match

    Friday 3rd April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Local teams compete in the traditional annual competition dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter teams of 5 ... more

  • Easter Egg Hunt - Battle Museum

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Easter Egg Hunt 50p per child. Adults admission £2 at Battle Museum, The Almonry, High Street Battle East Sussex TN33 ... more

  • Easter Adventure Quest - Battle Abbey

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Young adventurers wanted this Easter. Meet one of the abbey monks who needs your help. Rise to the challenge on ... more

  • Easter at the Museum

    Friday 3rd April for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

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

  • Easter Steam Up and Bodiam in Steam

    Friday 3rd April for 4 days @ 11:25am
    Location: Bodiam

    Good Friday sees a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of locomotive number 32678 on the line. This locomotive was ... more

  • Spring Exhibition: Garden of England

    Saturday 4th April for 27 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Hot on the heels of their acclaimed Here Come the Girls! exhibition in March, Saffron Gallery in Battle launches their ... more

  • Slimming World

    Saturday 11th April @ 9:30am
    Location: Battle

    New Slimming World Group launching at The Emmanuel Centre, Harrier Lane, Battle. Cannot wait to meet you, contact Anna on ... more

  • Pop Up Battle

    Saturday 11th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Pop up shops - art, craft, vintage and sweet sellers. Venue: Battle Memorial Halls, High Street, Battle ... more

  • Business Networking Breakfast

    Monday 20th April @ 7:30am
    Location: Battle

    At Mrs Burton's Tea Room. Cost £7. Contact Alan Hunting Associates 01424 775169 to book or email the Secretary. ... more

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