Welcome to Battle
Situated 6 miles outside Hastings, Battle gained its name from the infamous Battle of Hastings which took place on the site in 1066. Aside from hosting the most iconic battle to take place on British soil, the market town has a lot to offer. The famous abbey established in Battle draws many visitors every year, but it is the local charm that makes it a gem in the southeast. The quaint restaurants, independent stores and Georgian High Street offer a picturesque backdrop to quiet country living.
Property in Battle
The centre of the town and along the High Street offers a number of Georgian grade II listed properties full of charm and oozing character. You can also find historic properties in the streets surrounding the abbey, with some of the small cottages dating back to the 1700s. For something a little bigger, North Trade Road and its surrounding streets have some impressive 19th century detached period houses. The area around the train station also has a mixture of modern, purpose-built apartments and Victorian terraces and cottages.
Battle has a number of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools. In nearby Catsfield, Catsfield CofE Primary is a popular choice. The small rural school achieved an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED rating in 2013. Battle and Langton CofE Primary is in the centre of Battle on Market Road. It achieved a ‘Good’ rating from OFSTED in 2015. Other strong schools in the region are Crowhurst CofE, Netherfield, Sedlescombe CofE and Ninfield. Headstart is also an option for independent schooling.
The area is also served by two secondary schools, Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey. Claverham Community college offers an excellent standard of education, confirmed by their ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED rating in 2013. Battle Abbey is the local independent option, with modern sports and teaching facilities in a spectacular historic building.
The council are proposing an extension of the High-Speed rail line from the capital to 1066 country in the coming years. The project has still not been approved, but local MPs, including Amber Rudd, are campaigning in government for the project and the extension is expected to be approved shortly, with construction finishing in 2024. The proposal would see the line extended from its current termination point at Ashford, to a new final stop at Bexhill via Hastings train station. This would enable residents in the area to reach the capital in just over an hour from Hastings, or in 78 minutes from Bexhill.
History of Battle
The town of Battle was founded around the abbey. Following his victory at the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror built the abbey on the Pope’s wishes to honour the soldiers who died in the battle. The town expanded in the coming centuries, driven by the successes of the region’s gunpowder industry in the 17th century. The remains of both the abbey and the gunpowder industry in Battle are still visible today, particularly on the 5th of November, when the local bonfire societies put on an impressive firework display.
Battle is well-connected by road. The A2100 bisects the town from north to south, connecting the town with London, Hastings, and St Leonards On Sea in the south. The train station in Battle also offers transit to London, with a direct service departing twice an hour for Charing Cross Station. There are also plenty of local buses departing for Hastings, Bexhill, St Leonards, and the surrounding villages.
Eating and Drinking
Cut and Grill is a locals favourite in Battle. Head chef, Paul Noble, is passionate about steaks and burgers and has perfected the art of grilling. They use locally sourced meat of the highest quality in their modern, casual dining restaurant. For those with a sweet tooth, Great Farm Park Nursery in nearby Catsfield, runs a local farm shop with homemade cakes and sweet treats to indulge in. Battle Deli and Bluebells Tearoom also both offer excellent lunchtime bites and afternoon tea.
Things to Do in Battle
The highlights of the Battle calendar are the celebrations surrounding the historic battle of Hastings. Each year in October, 600 people dressed in authentic battle gear reenact the historic battle, complete with falconry, campsites, and displays of archery and cavalry. There is even a child’s battle for the little ones to get involved in.
Bonfire night is another highlight, with bonfire societies around the area hosting their own bonfires and putting on vivid and spectacular firework displays. For year-round fun, Battle Abbey and the 1066 exhibition offer an insight into the regions rich history, as does the Battle Museum of Local History, which displays items from local Roman settlements in the area. If you are looking to escape the children, nearby Sedlescombe has an organic vineyard and offers tours and tasting events.