Battle Abbey, Sussex

Benedictine Monks

Battle Abbey is one of the most famous in England, not because it is architecturally that special but for it's siting where the Battle of Hastings took place.

After the Battle William I in thanks for his victory and in penitence for the bloodshed ordered an Abbey to be built here and work began in 1067.  The altar of the church was to be on the spot where King Harold fell (allegedly with an arrow in his eye, although the historical truth of this is being called into doubt).  Much of this early Abbey is long gone, although some of the other buildings survive.

The Abbey (and town) is dominated by the great Gatehouse (see picture) built in 1338 in a decidedly castle-like fashion.

Battle Abbey is one of English Heritage's top visited sights and can be toured with an audio device which allows you to pick and choose what commentary you want to hear (an excellent idea).

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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