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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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  • Smallfoot film showing

    Saturday 23rd March
    Location: Battle

    Smallfoot, an animated comedy adventure film ( PG ) is being shown. Doors open at 2.30. Film starts at 3pm. ... more

  • Mum's The Word

    Sunday 31st March @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    On Mothers Day…Treat Mum to an unforgettable day out to Hastings! Delve deep into the mind of the SERIAL KILLERS ... more

  • Trail of the Golden Goose

    Saturday 6th April for 17 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hastings

    Cunning conman ‘Albumen Yolk’ has just pulled off a stunning art theft… now he’s on the run with the priceless ... more

  • The Wind In The Willows

    Saturday 13th April for 2 days @ 7:00pm
    Location: Bexhill-on-Sea

    East Sussex School of Performing Arts is back with their brand new production Wind In The Willows. This musical stage ... 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

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