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.

Facts & Stats on Battle Abbey

Go Historic ID
Battle Abbey
The Ruins of Battle Abbey
Grade I listed building#1352861; since 1961

Visitor & Contact Information

High Street
Battle, England
National Grid Reference
TQ 75006 15727
01424 775705 / 01424 776787

Essays on Battle Abbey

Listed Building Description of Battle Abbey

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... view full text »

Source: The National Heritage List for England
Crown copyright. Reprinted under the Open Government License.

History of Battle Abbey

On 14 October 1066, Duke William of Normandy defeated King Harold of England at the battle of Hastings. Arguably it was the most decisive, and certainly the most famous, battle ever fought on English soil. William's triumph, and his subsequent coronation as King William I (1066-87), marked the end of Anglo-Saxon England, the creation of new ties with Western Europe, and the imposition of a new and more cohesive ruling class.

Society became bound by ties of feudal loyalty, leading to a greater concentration of power in royal hands, while the development of common law had consequences that still affect our lives today, after nearly 1,000 years... view full text »

Source: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
Reprinted with permission.

Resources for Battle Abbey

  1. Battle Abbey: A brief history and virtual tour Georgia College & State University.
  2. Blue Guide England
  3. Battle Abbey, Sussex Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Irel.
  4. 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield English Heritage. Official source.
  5. Battle Abbey Wikipedia.
  6. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.

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About This Listing

Last Updated
February 4, 2015
First Published
October 8, 2013
Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Battle Abbey - Battle, England