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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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  • Dressage Competition

    Friday 22nd February
    Location: Staplecross

    Dressage at Ellenwhorne Equestrian Centre TN32 5RT walk/trot-intro a prelim. 18 novice 28 rosettes to 6th place medal to winners ... more

  • Junior Game Development club

    Thursday 28th February @ 3:45pm
    Location: Hastings

    This after school club and course introduces children to the realm of computer science, specifically programming, using a medium they ... more

  • The Music and Life of J S Bach

    Monday 18th March
    Location: Hastings

    Musicians and music lovers alike love, hate, adore, shun and praise Johan Sebastian Bach – yet all agree his music ... 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

  • 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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