Battle Abbey, Battle

Great Gatehouse (1338)
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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.

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Battle Abbey
High Street
Battle, England
50.914293° N, 0.487154° E
01424 775705 / 01424 776787
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015


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

William the Conqueror founds the Abbey of St. Martin, better known as Battle Abbey, in penance for the bloodshed of the Battle of Hastings (1066).

Consecration of Norman church at Battle Abbey

The church of Battle Abbey, built in the Norman style with a round apse and ambulatory, is consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the presence of William the Conqueror's son, William Rufus. The altar stands over the site where King Harold fell in 1066.

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

Construction begins on the huge gatehouse of Battle Abbey to defend against French raids during the Hundred Years' War.

May 27, 1538
Battle Abbey is dissolved

Battle Abbey is closed as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The property is given to Sir Anthony Browne, who immediately destroys the church, chapter house and cloisters, saving only the abbot's house to renovation into a country mansion.

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

The duke and duchess of Cleveland restore occupy the manor house at Battle Abbey.

1066 Battlefield purchased by the nation

The 1066 Battlefield and Battle Abbey are purchased by the nation. The site is now administered by English Heritage.

August 3, 1961
Battle Abbey designated a Grade I listed building

Battle Abbey in Battle, England, is designated a Grade I listed building.

November 16, 2007


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  6. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.