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1066 and all that (picture heavy)

Battle, the site of the famous Battle of Hastings. On 14th October 1066, the Anglo Saxon king Harold Godwinson met William, Duke of Normandy. Harold had marched south from Yorkshire (after another balltle to secure his crown) at a fast pace to find William ready to meet him.

Harold took position at the top of the hill. William's forces were arrayed below.



The route around the battle field is marked by a series of sculptures...



and informational plaques (one visible in the top picture).



Finding that Harold was winning and more of his army was turning up from the long march, William adopted a hit and run approach to lure Williams forces to chase down the hill after him and put themselves in danger.

Harold fell and the batlle was over.



In penintance for all those killed William build a large abbey and endowed it to the monks (ruins seen in the top picture). To cope with the slope the ground floor had 3 rooms with decreasing heights...







...and a large top floor.



The harsh light made taking pictures quite difficult but did produce some excellent shadows.

The closisters, well what is left at the side of a second building.



Exit through the giftshop which was once an administration building used to collect taxes of course.



There are a few more pictures in my album.
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Re: 1066 and all that (picture heavy)

Sandra, my long time friend formerly of Bexhill-upon-Sea would tell you that the Battle of Hastings actually did not take place at Battle at all but at nearby Crowhurst. However, Sandy and I visited the castle in 1990, your pics bring back memories.
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Re: 1066 and all that (picture heavy)

Great set there Sandra, and wonderfully appropriate that the gift shop used to be the tax office!

Mark, I'd also heard that the battle site itself wasn't at Battle, but didn't think the actual site was known for certain.

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Re: 1066 and all that (picture heavy)

Thanks Mark, Dan.
The site itself does not look promising as the site of any battle but the landscape will have changed considerably with self forestation without long term intervention. The abbey ruins of course are a know fixture. The site is well worth a visit regardless of where the fighting took place.
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