Battle Abbey

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.

Holly Hayes

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249916
Names
Battle Abbey
The Ruins of Battle Abbey
Lists
Grade I listed building
listed building (England)
Categories
monastery
abbeys
Styles
Romanesque
Norman
medieval

Timeline

1070

Battle Abbey founded by William the Conqueror as penance for Battle of Hastings

1094

Consecration of Norman church at Battle Abbey

1338

Construction begins on a massive gatehouse at Battle Abbey to protect against French invasion

27 May 1538

Battle Abbey is dissolved

1857

Duke and Duchess of Cleveland occupy and restore manor house at Battle Abbey

3 Aug 1961

Battle Abbey designated a Grade I listed building

1972

1066 Battlefield purchased by the nation

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 Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing.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

List Entry ID
1352861
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 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

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Bibliography

  1. Ousby, Ian. Blue Guide England. W. W. Norton & Company, 1995, p. 92.
  2. “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>