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History comes full circle when many men stationed at Battle during the Second World War take part in the invasion of Normandy.

Fire sweeps through the abbey causing serious damage. This is later repaired by restoration architect Sir Harold Brakespear, who also excavates part of the cloister.

The UK Parliament constituency for Battle is Bexhill and Battle. Gregory Barker was re-elected in the May 2005 election. Gregory Barker was then re-elected in the 6 May 2010 election, in which the Conservative party now covers the whole of East Sussex, except for Lewes and Eastbourne, which are both Liberal Democrat, and Brighton Pavilion, which is Green.

Hemingfold Meadow is a site of biological interest consisting of two meadows with nationally rare grassland species.[16]

Blackhorse Quarry, a site of palaeontological interest which has produced many fossil bones and teeth including Iguanodon and crocodiles.[15]

The 4th baronet, Sir Godfrey Webster, a notorious rake and gambler, runs up huge debts and eventually shoots himself in London.

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On the death of the duchess, Sir Augustus Webster buys the estate back, with help from his wife, Mabel, a rich carpet heiress.

Darwell Wood is partially within the parish which is another site of biological importance as an example of hornbeam coppice with oak standards.[17]

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Battle Abbey was founded to commemorate the battle, and dedicated in 1095. The high altar of the Abbey church was reputedly on the spot where Harold died. The Abbey gateway is still the dominant feature of the south end of the main street, although little remains of the rest of the Abbey buildings. The remaining cloisters, part of the west range, were leased to Battle Abbey School shortly after World War I, and the school remains in occupancy to this day.

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It is now 182 years since Battle, Hayward & Bower Limited first started manufacturing and wholesaling veterinary products in Lincoln. This impressive history has been achieved by a continual process of innovation and evolution to encompass the needs of our customers. About Us | Wholesaling | Manufacturing  

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Rich merchant and history buff Sir Thomas Webster buys Battle. It remains with his descendants for most of the next 250 years.

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Battle railway station (designed by William Tress) lies on the Hastings Line, north of Crowhurst and south of Robertsbridge. There was once a station known as Mountfield Halt between Battle and Robertsbridge but this closed on 6 October 1969.

The first monastic buildings are almost entirely replaced with the ones that remain standing today.

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Please join us for our traditional short service at the National Memorial to the Few when we commemorate Battle of Britain Day on 15 September. This is a short and simple occasion… Read more

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William builds the abbey on the northern ridge of the battlefield to atone for the bloodshed of battle. The high altar marks the spot where Harold was killed.

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Following the battle William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey – a penance ordered by the Pope for the loss of life incurred in the conflict. Today you can visit the famous English Heritage site 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield and experience the battle through dramatic film, audio tours, interactive exhibits and walking the battlefield. 

At European level, Battle is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, two UK Independence, one Labour and one Green, none of whom lives in East Sussex.[14]


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The abbey is leased to a school, which still occupies the buildings.

Telham Hill is c. one mile (1.6 km) south-east of Senlac Hill, in East Sussex, England. It was from Telham Hill that William the Conqueror's army first caught sight of the English army forming up on Senlac Hill, for the battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066.

After the success of the first series of talks organised at The Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial this spring, Trustee Andy Simpson has lined up five more top speakers for… Read more

It is the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated King Harold II to become William I in 1066.

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