Battle: Sussex towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 14:31 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2013
Battle is most famous as the site of the Battle of Hastings
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You’ve got to mention 1066
Battle is famous as the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated King Harold II to become King William I in 1066.
The first gunpowder mill was built here in 1676, and the town quickly developed a reputation for the high quality of gunpowder produced. In 1722 Daniel Defoe described it as being “remarkable for little now, but for making the finest gunpowder, and the best perhaps in Europe”.
Wood you believe it
The local bonfire society, Battel Bonfire Boyes, claims to be the oldest in Sussex. Bonfire Night has long been important in Battle, as it used to be in a heavily wooded area – oak and other timbers were sent to navy shipyards to be used as fuel for making cannons, cannon balls and gunpowder.
The nature of things
There are three Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the parish. Blackhorse Quarry is a site of palaeontological interest which has produced many fossils, including crocodile’s teeth. Nationally rare grassland species grow on Hemingfold Meadow, and Darwell Wood contains rare examples of hornbeam coppice with oak standards.
While you’re there
The Battle Museum of Local History
Displays include the only battleaxe discovered from the Battle of Hastings site, famous engravings of the Bayeux tapestry and the oldest Guy Fawkes in the world
(01424 774422; www.noblesrestaurant.co.uk)
Head chef Paul Noble is has been here for over 30 years. He previously worked at The Goring Hotel in London, and now brings his extremely popular, ever-changing local, seasonal menus to Nobles
The Bull Inn
(01424 775171; www.bullinnbattle.eu)
A freehouse that carries a wide range of beers, wines and real ales. This is a 17th century coaching inn built with stone from the Battle Abbey kitchens, boasting an inglenook fireplace which pre-dates the building by over 100 years
(01580 830136; www.prawlescourt.com)
A magnificent country house standing in 27 acres of peaceful countryside – Bodiam Castle is a short walk away. Originally an Elizabethan farmhouse, it was remodelled by Nathaniel Lloyd in Arts & Crafts style in the 1920s
Notable neighbours – Tom Chaplin, singer in the band Keane
Getting there – Battle has its own train station, and is a short distance from the A21