'On the very spot'
Sources written within living memory of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 state that Battle Abbey was founded by William the Conqueror 'on the very spot' where he had secured his great victory over King Harold and the English.
Directly before you is the 13th-century guest house where important visitors to the abbey were accommodated. The towers were added by Sir Anthony Browne, who owned the abbey after it was suppressed in 1538. He converted the guest house and the abbot's house, which is now occupied by Battle Abbey School (to the left of where you are standing), into a private residence.
You can also see the ruins of the abbey's chapter house, which has a rounded, or apsidal, east end and was completed in about 1100. Next to this are the impressive ruins of the 13th-century dormitory, where the monks slept.bbn
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- Sir Anthony Brown
- One of the earliest known views of the abbey, made in about 1700. Prominent in the foreground is the guest house.