The town of Battle if famous for the reason that it was here
that Duke William of Normandy defeated the Saxon King Harold the
second at the battle of Hastings in 1066. This was the
spot of the last successful invasion of the British Isles.
Harold was killed during the battle shot in the eye with an
arrow after fighting gallantly.
Before the battle Harold had
just marched south with his men from Stamford Bridge, near York
where he had won a decisive battle against the Vikings, this
left the Saxons tired and although they held the top of the hill
it probably helped to contribute to their defeat.
years after the battle King William the conquer as he became
known had a abbey built at the top of the hill where the Saxons
had stood. Today there is still quite substantial remains
of it left.
A tour can be taken of the abbey and
battle site and to appreciate the significance that the battle
had to these islands I would strongly recommend doing so.
fascinating day can be had here, the site is now managed by
The town of Battle itself is also worth a
browse around with its old worldly charm readily on offer.