Battle, East Sussex, England

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey is a partially ruined Benedictine abbey, built on the site of the Battle of Hastings (the high altar of its church being on the supposed spot where King Harold fell in that Battle of Hastings on Saturday, 14 October 1066) and dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. The Grade I listed site is now operated by English Heritage.


Following the dissolution of the monestaries in 1538, one of the monks left dispossessed cursed the new owner of the land to die by fire or water.


The abbey is reputedly haunted by a female wraith, whom some believe to be the Duchess of Cleveland. The bloody ghost of King Harold is said to walk here on the anniversary of his death on 14th October. Also reported are phantom monks, knights and other, as yet unknown, female spectres.

High Street,


East Sussex,

TN33 0AD.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Haunted Heritage by John Mason; Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks and Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Battle is a small town in East Sussex, England.

The town is located 55 miles south-southeast of London and 32 miles east of Brighton.

Pictured left is Battle Abbey courtesy of Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.