ancient town of Battle, near Hastings was the scene of the final conflict that changed
the course of English history in 1066 - the Battle of Hastings. The
battle was so named because Hastings was the nearest centre of population
and the very spot where King Harold fell can still be seen to this day.
Battle has a very good selection of hotels, B and B 's and self catering holiday cottages available.
Battle Abbey, dedicated to the warrior monk St Martin de Bello, was the
result of William the Conqueror's vow that he would erect a monastery if
he secured victory. Still accessible to the public, it provides 'wand' tape
tours, fascinating exhibitions and a shop offering every kind of gift.
The local parish church of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1115 by Abbot
Ralph. Here you can see a stunning Romanesque nave and some incredibly rare
14th century wall paintings. The church is also home to the Senlac stained
glass window which was installed in 1984 and commemorates the English and
Norman armies. A moment or so away from the church are the award-winning
gardens of the Almonry. Here you can unearth more ancient history by exploring
the complexity of the Battle Town Model.
The architectural charm of Battle is world-famous and fiercely protected.
Nothing has been allowed to spoil the high street which is a unique blend
of Georgian and Medieval cottages. There is also a host of delightful shops,
boutiques, restaurants and tea rooms. The opportunity to experience a more
recent living history can be found at Buckleys Yesterday's World. Here you
can step back through the ages and enjoy bygone shops and room settings,
displaying all manner of intriguing collectables and antiques.
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