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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

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

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Bibliography of Battle Abbey

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

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
Last updated
August 4, 2014