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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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  • Battle Library Code Club

    Thursday 18th January for 12 days @ 3:45pm
    Location: Battle

    Get hands on with coding in the library! Code Club is a nationwide network of after school coding clubs for ... more

  • Cheese & Wine Evening

    Friday 26th January @ 7:15pm
    Location: Westfield

    Come along to our Cheese & Wine evening at the Carr-Taylor vineyard in Westfield on the 26th January 2018! The ... more

  • Mrs Yarringtons Music Club - Brooks Williams

    Tuesday 30th January
    Location: Battle

    As Mrs Yarringtons Music Club moves into our 10th year we welcome one of Mrs Y's favourites to kick off ... more

  • Mrs Yarringtons Music Club - Brooks Williams

    Tuesday 30th January
    Location: Battle

    As Mrs Yarringtons Music Club moves into our 10th year we welcome one of Mrs Y's favourites to kick off ... more

  • Dark Skies at Battle Abbey

    Saturday 3rd February for 23 days @ 5:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Experience the starry night sky as expert astronomers reveal stargazing secrets. Unwind with a hot drink as you listen to ... more

  • Jailbreak

    Saturday 10th February for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Time to break out! BUST out some of the most notorious JAILBIRDS in history, snatch the keys and use the ... more

  • Hastings Philharmonic: Chamber Music Recital

    Saturday 10th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Hastings

    Christ Church - St Leonards-on-Sea. Ayşen Ulucan - Violin Marcio da Silva - Baritone Francis Rayner - Piano Love and ... more

  • Knights and Princesses

    Monday 12th February for 5 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Join our academy with hands on medieval fun this half term and transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady ... more

  • The Damned

    Wednesday 14th February
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    British punk royalty The Damned hit the road for their Evil Spirits UK tour and are set to rock the ... more

  • Date Night at the Museum

    Wednesday 14th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    A unique Valentines experience for ‘Killer Couples’! Tickets are available for £20 per couple, including a free glass of bubbles ... more

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