"Visit the town of Battle, and..." Dover Off The Beaten Path Tip by margaretvn

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Visit the town of Battle, and Battle Abbey?s gatehouse
This abbey 11 kilometres from Hastings. This abbey was built by William the Conqueror on the site of his victory. William is said to have put the high altar on the spot where Harold fell. The abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution (1536-40) under Henry VIII and all that remains is the gatehouse. There is a very good walk around the actual battlefield which does give an impression of how it was during the battle.
The battle of Hastings was in 1066 when William the Conquerors invading troops landed on the south coast and were aiming to go to Winchester and London. King Harold and his army were camped just inland from Hastings and it was there that William confronted them. Harold was mortally wounded during the battle by an arrow in his eye and William won. This battle was the last successful invasion of England and is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy.
Battle Abbey High street Battle
Tel: 01424 773792
Open daily except 24-26 December and New Years Day.

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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