Battle Abbey

Founded by William the Conqueror as penance for the Battle of Hastings (1066), this ruined abbey lies next to the battlefield that changed English history.

Battle Abbey
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Battle Abbey
The Ruins of Battle Abbey
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National Heritage List for England Data

Battle Abbey is listed on the National Heritage List for England, with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing.

List Entry ID
1352861
Listing Type
listed building
Grade
I
Name
THE RUINS OF BATTLE ABBEY
Location
THE RUINS OF BATTLE ABBEY, HIGH STREET
Parish
Battle
District
Rother
County
East Sussex
Grid Reference
TQ 75006 15727

National Heritage List for England Description

The following text is courtesy of Historic England. Text © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing.

TQ 7415-7515 BATTLE HIGH STREET (south west side)

41/1 The Ruins of Battle Abbey 3.8.61 (formerly listed as Battle Abbey) GV I

Of the portions of the abbey above ground the principal buildings dated from C13. These are:- (a) the Dormitory. This was on the first floor with three vaulted rooms below it. Stone rubble. Lancet windows. Buttresses. (b) the Guest house to the south west. Eight barrel-vaulted chambers with buttresses on the south side along the terrace, with rooms over. Stone rubble. Lancet windows. At the west end are two tall octagonal turrets which were built by Sir Anthony Browne in the C16 after the dissolution, when, as Guardian of the Princess Elizabeth he was preparing a lodging for her at the Abbey, though she never came. The Abbey was founded by William the Conqueror in 1087 on the site of the battle of Hastings. The high altar of the abbey church was erected on the spot where King Harold fell. Of the abbey church there are practically no remains above ground, but the founda- tions have been excavated and those at the east end are marked out. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TQ7500715726