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Description: The Ruins of Battle Abbey
Date Listed: 3 August 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 292120
OS Grid Reference: TQ7500615727
OS Grid Coordinates: 575006, 115727
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9145, 0.4882
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TQ 7415-7515 BATTLE HIGH STREET (south west side)
The Ruins of Battle
3.8.61 (formerly listed as
Of the portions of the abbey above ground the principal buildings dated from C13.
These are:- (a) the Dormitory. This was on the first floor with three vaulted
rooms below it. Stone rubble. Lancet windows. Buttresses. (b) the Guest house
to the south west. Eight barrel-vaulted chambers with buttresses on the south
side along the terrace, with rooms over. Stone rubble. Lancet windows. At the
west end are two tall octagonal turrets which were built by Sir Anthony Browne
in the C16 after the dissolution, when, as Guardian of the Princess Elizabeth
he was preparing a lodging for her at the Abbey, though she never came. The Abbey
was founded by William the Conqueror in 1087 on the site of the battle of Hastings.
The high altar of the abbey church was erected on the spot where King Harold fell.
Of the abbey church there are practically no remains above ground, but the founda-
tions have been excavated and those at the east end are marked out.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Listing NGR: TQ7500715726
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Source: English Heritage
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