Battle

Battle in East Sussex Town Guide

About 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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Stephen Mason – Silk Painting
Stephen Mason - Silk Painting

I offer Silk painting sessions over two or three days at my studio and C17 home in Battle. No previous … more

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Abbey Green Info

Hi, is there a contact available with regards to putting on an event on the abbey green?

Ethel Sams the Stonehouse 1937 – Any info?

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Attractions and Activities

1066 Cycle Club

Group of local people who enjoy cycling and want to improve cycling facilities in Battle, Robertsbridge, and the surrounding “1066” area.

Battle Museum of Local History

The Museum has a collection covering 125 million years of history in Battle and the surrounding area. The fascinating displays include dinosaur footprints, artefacts from the Roman Bathhouse at Beauport Park, a Saxon battle-axe believed to be a unique relic … more

Stephen Mason – Silk Painting

I offer Silk painting sessions over two or three days at my studio and C17 home in Battle. No previous experience is required and I will work at a pace which suits you . All materials, Organic Tea/Coffee and Biscuits … more

Accommodation

The Bull

Situated in Battle and with Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park reachable within 24 km, The Bull features a garden, non-smoking rooms, free…

Powdermills Country House Hotel

In 150 acres of gardens, park and woodland, PowderMills is a Grade II listed 18th-century country house hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi,…

The Abbey Hotel

Recently refurbished, this Grade II listed hotel is situated in the heart of the small market town of Battle, opposite the historic site of the 1066 Battle…

Restaurants

De La Warr Pavilion

The first public Modernist building to be opened in the UK in 1935, this Grade 1 listed, internationally renowned icon re-opened after a £9m lottery funded restoration and redevelopment. It is now the South East region’s most significant centre for … more

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