Battlefield to Vegetable Garden

Battlefield to Vegetable Garden (HM2DN5)

Location: , England RH20 4HN West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.819', W 0° 29.296'

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—Battle of Hastings, 1066 —

Battlefield to Vegetable Garden

The garden behind this wall was part of the 19th century country estate, but was perhaps a garden or orchard in earlier times.
The land here is part of the original battlefield, part of the slope defended by the Saxons. As it faces south and has good drainage it makes an excellent plot, and may have been a garden for the monastic infirmary. Alternatively, the monks may have used it as a vineyard or orchard: the monastery certainly grew apples and pears.
After 1857 the area was an orchard for the Duke and Duchess of Cleveland; and from the 1930s a vegetable plot. Later in the 20th century it was used as a dumping ground for rubble. It is now restored to its Victorian orchard planting. We have planted local varieties of apples and pears, alongside wild flowers and beehives.
( photo captions )
- Monks gardening from a 13th century French manuscript.
- Battle Abbey estate sale plan, showing (marked in red) the walled garden planted with fruit trees, 1901.
HM NumberHM2DN5
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Date Added Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676562 N 5643227
Decimal Degrees50.91365000, -0.48826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.819', W 0° 29.296'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 49.14" N, 0° 29' 17.76" 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 4HN, GB
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