The Abbey and its History

The Abbey and its History (HM2DN8)

Location: , England RH20 4HN West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.814', W 0° 29.282'

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—Battle of Hastings, 1066 —

The Abbey and its History

William the Conqueror founded Battle Abbey in 1070 as a memorial to the Battle of Hastings and as an act of atonememt for the bloodshed.
It was carefully laid out on this hillside with the church on the ridge. The high altar marked the spot where King Harold had been killed. Completed in 1094, it housed up to 140 Benedictine monks.
In the 13th century, the abbey's growing wealth allowed the monks to replace most of the early buildings with those we see today. Many of these, including the church, were demolished after the Dissolution in 1538, when the abbey became a country estate. Its great park, including the southern part of the battlefield, mostly remained as parkland.
After years of gentle decline the duke and duchess of Cleveland, who lived here between 1857 and 1901 modernised the house. They built a new library and restored the grounds. The mature trees and the lily pond outside the walled garden to your right date from that time.
From here you can explore the abbey by different routes. The path to the left leads into the dormitory range in front of you. The path to the right goes up the hill between the remains of the monastic latrines and the later walled garden.
HM NumberHM2DN8
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Date Added Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676579 N 5643218
Decimal Degrees50.91356667, -0.48803333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.814', W 0° 29.282'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 48.84" N, 0° 29' 16.92" 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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