Battle, UK (May 9)

As they say in this town, “If there hadn’t been a battle, there would be no Battle”. We knew we had to visit the site of the Battle of Hastings (1066) or Bob’s sister and English historian, Marilyn, would never forgive us and it was well worth the stop. It would be a pretty uninteresting stop if William hadn’t built the abbey (to atone for the deaths?) but the abbey is quite impressive (even after Canterbury, yesterday).

The original abbey was built starting in about 1070. Most of the abbey was destroyed after Henry VIII gave it to a friend.

The remaining ruins were built between the 13th and 16th centuries.

The grounds are quite large in that there were many buildings surrounding the Abbey (dormitories, latrine building, laundry, wine cellar, and more).

There is an outline on the ground showing the original abbey church with (as directed by William) the high altar on the site where Harold fell.

There is now a school on the grounds and, since we apparently never learned to read, we started to pass through (we thought we were following the path on the map). A very nice young man stopped us and graciously pointed us in the right direction.

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