is a small town and civil parish
in the local government district
in East Sussex
. It lies south southeast of London
, east of Brighton
and east of the county town of Lewes
. Nearby towns include Hastings
to the southeast and Bexhill-On-Sea
to the south.
It is the site of the Battle of Hastings
, where William, Duke of Normandy
, defeated King Harold II
to become William I
The population of the civil parish was 6,048 according to the 2001 census
. Battle has two senior schools, Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey. Battle is where British rock band Keane
was founded to commemorate the battle, and dedicated in 1095. The high altar of the Abbey church was reputedly on the spot where Harold died. The Abbey gateway is still the dominant feature of the south end of the main street, although little remains of the rest of the Abbey buildings. The remaining cloisters, part of the west range, were leased to Battle Abbey School
shortly after World War I, and the school remains in occupancy to this day.
The abbey at Battle has been known for centuries as Battle Abbey
. It and the abbey church were initially dedicated to Saint Martin, sometimes known as "the Apostle of the Gauls", and named in his honour.
The town of Battle was gradually built around the Abbey, and later developed a reputation for the quality of the gunpowder produced in the area. In the mid 18th century, the town supported... Read More