Battle and District
                 Historical Society

Books and Artworks

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"Conquest to Dissolution" A new BDHS publication for 2019. A sequel to the Society's best-seller '1066 and the Battle of Hastings' and written by one of this book's co-authors, Keith Foord, this book covers the Normanisation and development of Battle and all of eastern Sussex from Pevensey to Rye and northwards to the Kentish border over a critical time for the development of England - 1067 to 1538. Once more packed with facts and little known stories.

“Edmund Langdon and His World”, a Research Group investigation into Edmund Langdon of the seventeenth century, a doctor of physicke and astrologer, and one of Battle’s more unusual characters.

"1066 and the Battle of Hastings" was first published in 2015 and re-printed in 2018 with updates to the Battlefield and Battle Abbey chapter, the Society publication '1066 and the Battle of Hastings - Preludes, Events and Postscripts' by Keith Foord and Neil Clephane-Cameron, was produced in time for the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The book took a fresh and logical view of the historic, dynastic and political factors which brought Harold and William to their epic encounter on 14 October 1066. A 'best seller' at English Heritage's Battle Abbey shop and at Battle Museum of Local History and Rother Books, all say it is the most balanced book out there about '1066'. Packed with facts, interpretation and illustration, the work which draws on the best analyses contains many original new maps and diagrams of the medieval Sussex coastline.

'The Brave Remembered', published in 2014, 100 years after the outbreak of WWI, authored by George Kiloh, is a poignant and deeply researched book, giving a local but very typical picture of the effects of the Great War on a small town. Against a compelling illustrated account of the progress of the War, the book tells the story of some 500 Battle men who served in the Great War and explains what happened to the individual men. The stories include men from all walks of life, be they the heir to the last Webster baronet of Battle Abbey or a labourer who gave his address as 'in a barn'.


Other historical books by members

Published in March 2019 there is a book 'Battle at Ward 1939-45' sponsored by Battle Museum of Local History edited by Adrian and Sarah Hall. This year is the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2 and the book is intended to give a flavour of what the town was like then and also contains numbers of accounts from individuals of their memories. This is on sale at BMoLH and Rother Books. The book may be mail-ordered exclusively from the Museum by making out a cheque payable to Battle Museum of Local History for £10.50 and sending it to : Battle at War, Battle Museum, The Almonry,  High Street, Battle, TN33 0EA


Other recent history books by members include Charlotte Moore's 'Hancox' which is the story of  five generations of her family and of Hancox, a house in Whatlington. It is a complex but riveting story. The book is widely available from booksellers.Charlotte has also written some historical biographies for children about William the Conqueror, Elizabeth I and Florence Nightingale.

Also there is a series of books by Keith Foord. The first is about all the churches of Battle, including details of the demolished Battle Abbey Church and all the churches that have come and gone or stayed since Battle Abbey started to be built in 1070. The second book covers the interesting story of the two pronged development of Methodism across eastern Sussex, discussing Wesley's strong interest in the very east and then the role of Napoleonic era soldiers to the west. Finally there is a small book about the Methodist Heritage chapel at Winchelsea, Wesley preached from its pulpit and also gave his very last outdoors sermon in this delightful small town.

Keith's books are all available from Waterstones to order. Also see Battle Methodist Church or directly on request by email to or phone 01424 777029. The books may also be purchased at Rother Books in Battle.

Other books still available via the Society are Neil-Clephane-Cameron's book 'The 1066 Malfosse Walk' and Clifford Braybook's book which is an in depth history of St Mary's Parish Church, Battle. Please use the 'Contact form' to check availability of these.


In the past the Society has published other books (below), now out of print, but they may be available from second-hand booksellers

Members also produce artworks, the most notable recent example being the superb Battle Community Tapestry, a work by Tina Greene, which involved over 700 stitchers, that illustrates in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry the early years of Battle from 1066 to 1115. This is now on display in Battle and will occasionally go 'on tour'. Tina is now working with counterparts in St Valery sur Somme to produce new parts of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting William's departure from St Valery and landing around Pevensey.

Photography Peter Greene                                                                                                                                                            ©Tina Greene

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