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Brief description of site

Battle Abbey has 19th-century parkland on part of the medieval abbey's 'Great Park'. The park occupies the site of the Battle of Hastings (1066), with gardens in the vicinity of the abbey. The site now boasts a large visitor centre focusing on the battle.

Brief history of site

Battle Abbey was established as a Benedictine foundation in about 1070 by William the Conqueror, as a memorial to his victory over the English at the battle which took place on the site in 1066. Considerable alteration and reconstruction of the Abbey took place in the late 13th century. In 1538, at the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, the Abbey and a substantial area of land was given to Sir Anthony Browne, who demolished the Abbey church, chapter house and part of the cloister, and adapted the west range of buildings as a residence.

Location information:

Address: Battle Abbey, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD

Locality: Hastings

Local Authorities:

East Sussex; Rother; Battle

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 199 Grid Ref: TQ740150
Latitude: 50.9082 Longitude: 0.473542

Directions:

In Battle, at the south end of High Street.

Visitor facilities

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Cultural events/ display

Context or principal building: ancient monument

Site first created: 1070

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 54

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