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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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  • I Spy

    Saturday 25th May for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Think YOU’VE got what it TAKES to be a DETECTIVE? Put your SKILLS to the TEST! Examine the evidence, follow ... more

  • Splash Point Jazz

    Wednesday 29th May
    Location: Battle

    Neal Richardson (Piano & vocal) & Guest Raul D'Oliveira - trumpet/vox/ percussion along with a special food theme ... more

  • An Offer He Can't Refuse

    Sunday 16th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    This Father’s Day…Treat Dad to a truly unique experience at The True CRIME Museum, Hastings. Discover historic cases with hundreds ... more

  • Splash Point Jazz

    Wednesday 26th June
    Location: Battle

    Neal Richardson (Piano & vocal) & Guest Jeff Williams on trombone / vox along with a special food theme. ... more

  • Knights Tournament at Battle Abbey

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

    Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength ... more

  • Knights Tournament at Battle Abbey

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

    Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength ... more

  • A Case of Death

    Saturday 28th September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    An intriguing MYSTERY night…The True CRIME Museum proudly presents a Murder Mystery to sort the Miss Marples from the Inspector ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2019

    Saturday 12th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Hear the clash of sword on shield and feel the thunder of galloping hooves, as over 600 warriors clash in ... more

  • Battle Christmas Lights Switch On

    Saturday 30th November @ 1:45pm
    Location: Battle

    Santa comes to town on his sleigh and at 5pm the Christmas lights are switched on. ... more

  • Battle Christmas Late Night Shopping

    Thursday 12th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Battle

    Christmas festivities all around town with businesses in fancy dress, Choirs, Bands and Competitions. ... more

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