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Battle Abbey
The Ruins of Battle Abbey
50.914293° N, 0.487154° E
High Street
01424 775705 / 01424 776787

Essays on Battle Abbey

  • Listed Building Description

    “The National Heritage List for England,” English HeritageNovember 30, 2011Reprinted with permission on June 1, 2012.

    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. continue reading →

  • History

    “1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield,” English HeritageReprinted with permission on April 5, 2013.

    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. Nevertheless, the site has remained remarkably intact and covers around 100 acres (40ha). continue reading →

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    Entrance to the site is through the towering medieval gatehouse on the High Street of the small town of Battle, which is beautifully lit up at night. Considered one of the finest examples in England, it looks like a miniature castle: it has four round towers with cross-shaped arrow slits, and is battlemented on all sides. Corbel heads decorate the exterior and the passageway; those in the latter include the heads of King Harold and King William. Today, the gatehouse contains a Museum of Abbey Life, with exhibitions illustrating the lives of the monks at Battle Abbey. continue reading →

Blog Posts on Battle Abbey

  • Battle and Hastings with Bodiam Castle

    Posted November 18, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: Graduate School in Oxford

    Friday we toured Battle Abbey, which was built on the site of the Battle of Hastings in October 1066 to atone for all the bloodshed. It was a Benedictine monastery, as most Norman abbeys were, and was expanded over the years until it was destroyed by King Henry VIII in the 1500s. The tour included the remaining…

  • Brighton to Battle

    Posted November 17, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: The Great European Road Trip

    The last couple days have been busy and without a very good internet connection, but now I have some time and good wireless internet, so I'll try to get us up to date! This comes to you from Canterbury, but we've only just arrived this evening instead of two nights ago as planned. We made a spontaneous stop along the…

Bibliography of Battle Abbey

  1. Ousby, Ian. Blue Guide England. W. W. Norton & Company. 1995. Print.
  2. Battle Abbey: A brief history and virtual tour .” Georgia College & State University. Web.
  3. Battle Abbey, Sussex.” Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Irel. Web.
  4. The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. November 30, 2011. Web.
  5. 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.” English Heritage. Web. Official website.

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October 8, 2013
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