Battle town and the abbey's estates

Battle town and the abbey's estates (HM2DLX)

Location: , England RH20 4HW West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.903', W 0° 29.159'

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Battle town and the abbey's estates

Much of the land you can see was owned by Battle Abbey. William the Conqueror granted the monastery all the land within a radius of 1.5 miles of the abbey's high altar. The abbot of Battle had power over both church and secular life within these estates and the abbey was one of the richest monasteries in medieval England.
The town of Battle grew up to serve the needs of the monastery and many of its residents were employed there. In the 14th century, the abbey spent the substantial sum of between £600 and £650 annually on goods and services from the town, which was the largest in east Sussex.
The centre of the town retains its medieval road plan, and many of the buildings you can see date to the Middle Ages. The parish church of St Mary, to your right, was built by the abbey for the townsfolk. The abbey's courthouse and the marketplace were at the opposite end of the high street from the gatehouse. The abbey's accounts refer to provisions being bought at the gatehouse.
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- Early 16th-century manuscript miniature depicting Laurence Champion (centre), who was abbot of Battle 1508-29.
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Date Added Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 1:04pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676717 N 5643388
Decimal Degrees50.91505000, -0.48598333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.903', W 0° 29.159'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 54.18" N, 0° 29' 9.5399999999999" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near B2139, England RH20 4HW, GB
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