Battle of Hastings

In honor of the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings today...

This past Saturday, Van and I headed down to Battle. Literally. The town aptly named Battle is where the Battle of Hastings was fought almost 1000 years ago. In 1066, William the Conqueror headed to England to claim what he thought to be his. The Normans, third generation Vikings settled in France, led their troops to victory here on this very field some years ago and changed England forever. 


We arrived at the site in a lovely British shower and immediately regretted our choice of shoes. But the shower ended and we were graced with some warm sunshine for most of the day. The Battle of Hastings reenactment is put on by English Heritage and lasts both Saturday and Sunday. This was my chosen Member's Panel event and it sure turned out to be a fun one! There was the favored Falconry Show, fun activites for kids, a Literary Tent, and food and drink galore. It was a muddy day but it turned out to be a really good day anyway! 

We perused the 'soldiers' tents and wandered around Battle Abbey. We also took a little walk into Battle while waiting for the actual Battle to begin. And in the end, obviously the Normans pulled away with a victory. But it was still fun to cheer against the Normans for a minute :)


And they're off to Battle!


Walking around the Battle Abbey ruins and Gate House was pretty interesting as well although nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular when considering other sites. Battle Abbey was listed as the 15th wealthiest abbey during its time (Ely was #2). But enjoyable nonetheless. The best part was walking along the gate wall in the rain!



If you come to visit Battle Abbey, please take a walk around this precious town! Have tea at Mrs. Burton's Tea Rooms and if you are really hungry, head to The Bull Inn. We stuffed our faces just a bit at this delicious little pub while we let our feet rest. Easy little town to take a stroll in and cute as can be!


I think we may have walked about 20 miles in total on Saturday! But what an enjoyable and educational experience!!

Have you been to Battle?

26 comments

  1. Apparently the battlefield is supposed to be super haunted! ;) x

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  2. What a fun day!! I'll have to remember this!

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  3. Oh I bet it is!! Would not want to be here at night!

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  4. It was a really neat little day out....and it was great for kids! You should go next year!

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  5. The area looks so beautiful. And what a fun event to attend! My boyfriend would absolutely love this.

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  6. I've never seen a battle reenactment, but I've got family members who get really into those Civil War reenactments that are so popular in the south. :)

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  7. The area was stunning....the English countryside is just amazing in the fall! And this was totally a man's event....perfect way to spend the day, beers and fake fighting lol.

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  8. Haha! This made me think of that! But since the battle was sooooo long ago, there are no harsh feelings here! And everyone was so proper about it :)

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  9. I've never been to Battle - or even heard of it before now. But this is interesting because I always wondered if it was actually worth it to visit a battlefield, because I always imagined it to be just that - a field. I'm planning on visiting Culloden again and hopefully seeing more interesting things like you did :)

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  10. This reminds me of the numerous Civil War reenactments I was forced to as a child (the joys of living in Virigina...)

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  11. Looks like a great time!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  12. Yeah, I don't think it would be as interesting if there wasn't a fake battle going on haha! That will be interesting to see what it's like up at Culloden :)

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  13. I know right?! I thought it was going to be very similar but it was actually very mild and interesting....and well, proper haha!! My husband seems to think that the 1000 year span of years between the actual event and today helps it to be a more joyful event :)

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  14. It was pretty fun! Except for the mud on my shoes :(

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  15. The battle reenactment must have been so much fun. It seems like something a person could get sucked into, like the Superbowl. Your photos of the ruins are incredible; I bet they were even more impressive in person!

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  16. The time scales of European history are so hard for me to wrap my head around. I mean, 1000 years ago?!?! The US wasn't even an established country 400 years ago. Blows my mind. Wow.

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  17. Seems like such a great experience! Cool pictures as well - I've only really heard about Civil War reenactments before this post haha.

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  18. The history is truly incredible...mind blowing!! I can't imagine the effort it took to actual bring troops over here....craziness!!

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  19. Me too! I think this reenactment was a lot different than the civil war ones only because of the time period that it took place in....no guns!

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  20. Haha yep! Everyone was cheering....some even cheering against the English. It was definitely an interesting event to attend....

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  21. I love stuff like this! To say that I love British history and literature would be the understatement of the year--so it sounds like this place would be right up my alley! :) P.S. LOVE your coat!

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  22. That is such an adorable town. I haven't even heard of it before.

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  23. Yes, you would totally have enjoyed this event (minus the mud lol)! And thanks for the coat love....it's been a real winner of a coat here in England!!

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  24. I hadn't either! Sort of fun to say we were heading to Battle for the weekend :)

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  25. I know these sort of reenactments happen, but I've never actually seen one! Sounds like fun!

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