The seal of Battle Abbey in the early 13th century
The Abbey is associated with one of the Major turning points in English history. The defeat of King Harold at the hands of the Normans, under the command of William, Duke of Normandy, ended on 14th October 1066.
The Abbey ruins stand on the very battlefield chosen by the conquering Duke himself to mark his victory.
The Abbey Gatehouse
English Heritage has done a wonderful job of bringing the site alive for visitors and it is very much recommended for a day out. The special events which are organized through the year give added sparkle, but the site itself has an air of history which stays with you through the town and beyond.
* Stand on the very spot where Harold, King of England, met his fate.
* Explore the ruins of the Abbey built to atone for the English dead.
* Tour the battlefield where the battle itself took place.
English Heritage - the popular name for the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England - was launched in April 1984 to care for over 400 ancient monuments and historic buildings in England, most of which are open to the public.
English Heritage was set up by the Government, but is independent of it. Sites for which it is responsible cover all aspects of our history, from prehistoric times to the Industrial revolution. The commission also advises on and gives grants for historic sites throughout England and can speak on all important questions concerning the built heritage.
You can help English Heritage to improve public understanding and enjoyment of its properties by becoming a member: as well as getting free admission to those sites for which a charge is made, you will receive a newsletter and get access to special events.
For young people, English Heritage has a special organization called 'Keep'. Details are available at any manned monument or, by post, from:
English Heritage, P.O. Box 43, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 0XW.