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The Ruins of Battle Abbey

A Grade I Listed Building in Battle, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9138 / 50°54'49"N

Longitude: 0.4872 / 0°29'14"E

OS Eastings: 574941

OS Northings: 115644

OS Grid: TQ749156

Mapcode National: GBR PWF.Q09

Mapcode Global: FRA C6XP.FN7

Entry Name: The Ruins of Battle Abbey

Listing Date: 3 August 1961

Last Amended: 13 May 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1352861

English Heritage Legacy ID: 292120

Location: Battle, Rother, East Sussex, TN33

County: East Sussex

District: Rother

Civil Parish: Battle

Built-Up Area: Battle

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Battle St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

TQ 7415-7515 BATTLE HIGH STREET (south west side)

The Ruins of Battle
3.8.61 (formerly listed as
Battle Abbey)

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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