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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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  • De-Stress With Ponies and Prosecco

    Thursday 20th September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Staplecross

    Emma Rourke IFEAL trained Equine Assisted Facilitator of Human Development and founder of HEPHZIBAH HORSES is giving an interactive talk ... more

  • International Composers Festival 2018

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Hastings

    Performing some of the most exciting melodic, harmonious and appealing classical music written today, including: big orchestral scores, film, gaming ... more

  • International Composers Festival

    Friday 21st September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    Passion Grand Opening Concert The International Composers Festival opens with the very best in beautiful melodic music, carefully chosen from ... more

  • Thrift Fest

    Saturday 22nd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Living a fun-filled, active, rich and creative life without costing the earth! Thrift Fest is gathering the local groups, clubs ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its 9th consecutive edition between the ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    PURE Autumn Art Fair 2018 The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its ... more

  • Battle of Hastings

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Relive the atmosphere and tension of the Battle of Hastings as more than 600 warriors enact the Battle of Hastings. ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2018

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Re-live the atmosphere and tension, as more than 600 warriors clash in the infamous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Witness the ... more

  • Bernini and Baroque Rome

    Monday 15th October
    Location: Hastings

    Amongst the many glories of Rome – churches, fountains and monuments – are the spectacular works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. ... more

  • Haunted Abbey

    Saturday 20th October for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half ... more

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