Battle and District
                 Historical Society


(Through Battle the Land and the Nation)

Welcome to BDHS's website

The 2018-19 season had a great variety of lectures all of very high quality and the society continues to thrive with excellent audiences for the lectures. The 2019-2020 programme is now available. The first lecture of the new season will be on 12 September 2019. We have no August lecture as normal.

To join or re-join come to a lecture or see details of how to join on the drop down menu on the left.

The big project to create a new digital archive in a linked website is making good progress. See the 'News' tag on the left.

Our newest book 'Conquest to Dissolution 1067 - 1538' is now available. Available at meetings it is also being sold at Battle Museum of Local History and Rother Books. It is also possible to order by post directly from the society and can be ordered from Waterstones. This book is a sequel to the popular book '1066 and the Battle of Hastings - Preludes , Events and Postscripts'. It covers the Normanisation and further development of Battle and all of eastern Sussex from Pevensey to Rye and northwards to the Kentish border, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a unique history for a fascinating part of England. Priced at £15 retail and £12 for members when bought directly from the Society. 

  • Battle and District Historical Society

    The Society is one of the lively and active societies of the town of Battle and welcomes members from all over the district and further afield. With a regular lecture programme that attracts expert speakers you can expect to hear talks on a wide range of historic subjects, be able to participate in our research and reading groups, have access to our unique archive and be offered an occasional visit to somewhere of historical importance. Above all you will be welcomed!

  • Collectanea - our Virtual Library

    Collectanea is our virtual library of papers concerning the history of Battle and District. Written mainly by local historians each paper is well researched. We cover the history of our area from pre-historic to near modern times with a comprehensive range of subjects.

    Click on the icon above or the link on the left menu to go to Collectanea

  • Books

    The Society is a publisher. Click on the books icon (left) to see details of the books that the society and members have published about Battle and District.

  • Battle Museum of Local History

    If you are visiting Battle do not forget to include a visit to the Battle Museum of Local History. An excellent small museum, with free entry, you will be able to see amongst many interesting objects 'The Battle Axe' possibly the only example of a weapon used at the Battle of Hastings. Also included in the 1066 exhibition is a complete print of the Bayeux Tapestry by Charles Stothard, recreations of scenes from the Tapestry and a replica of the Alderney Tapestry which was completed in 2013..

  • GeoTourist

    The BDHS Research Group have contributed a Battle History Tour to the GeoTourist App. Sponsored by Battle Town Council it is narrated by the actor, Anton Lesser. Go to Google Play or Apple App stores to download it to your Smartphone. Or see section R of Collectanea.

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About Battle

Battle is a small town in East Sussex, England. It is twinned with St Valery-sur-Somme in France, from whence William launched his invasion of England, which led to the Battle of Hastings.Battle town was founded to support Battle Abbey, built on the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated Harold Godwinson. William founded the famous abbey in 1070 to atone for the many deaths, not just at the time of his victory but over the next four years as he subjugated England.

Battle lies at the heart of 1066 Country – a leading destination of historical significance and within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.There are: an annual Arts and Music Festival in October; an annual Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade on Good Friday; a Medieval Fayre during the late May Bank Holiday; a Scarecrow Festival in July; Battle of Hastings re-enactments in October; Battel Bonfire Boyes celebrations in November; and Battle is lit up for Christmas.

This unique town is 55 miles (89km) south of London, with a direct rail link between London Charing Cross and Battle stations. Hastings, St Leonards on Sea and Bexhill lie on the English Channel coast 6 miles (9.5km) to the south, with Rye to the east and Pevensey to the west.

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