This East Sussex town was
named after the momentous Battle of Hastings,
fought alongside a stream known as Senlac, in
William the Conqueror later built St Martin’s Abbey on the hilltop where King Harold died.
Only parts of the abbey have survived but its gateway is a feature of Battle’s main street.
The town grew up around the abbey and developed a reputation for producing England’s best gunpowder – one reason why it has become famous for staging spectacular Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. The abbey ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage.