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.
Consecration of Norman church at Battle Abbey
Construction begins on a massive gatehouse at Battle Abbey to protect against French invasion
- 27 May 1538
Battle Abbey is dissolved
- 3 Aug 1961
Battle Abbey designated a Grade I listed building
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 Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.
- List Entry ID
- THE RUINS OF BATTLE ABBEY
- THE RUINS OF BATTLE ABBEY, HIGH STREET
- East Sussex
- Grid Reference
- TQ 74941 15644
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
- Ousby, Ian. Blue Guide England. W. W. Norton & Company, 1995, p. 92.
- “THE RUINS OF BATTLE ABBEY.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1352861>