Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Where was the Battle of Hastings?

Just after the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings (14 October) one historian, Nick Austin, has put the cat among the pigeons by suggesting that the Battle of Hastings was not fought next to Battle Abbey where there is a visitor's centre and tours about the battle, but 2 miles away in Crowhurst.  He bases this on the topography of both sites and how the battle is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.  Read the argument on both sides of the debate here.  In the end though, does it really matter?


  1. ultimately, it doesn't matter as the long as the battle of hastings itself is remembered. it was such an important part of british history and as long as we remember the events not the location there is no issue

  2. But how can we remember it and be fascinated by it if we don't have a place to go and stand and say this is where it happened? I got such a chill from standing on the field where they say it happened, and i don't think you can under estimate the power of a physical memorial (even if it also comes with a vistors centre and a cafe)