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?