After our blissful time in magic Rye, Charlie took me to Battle. A small cute village with huge significance in the English history.
‘Do you know what a 1066 Country is?’ Asked Charlie. Of course, I had no clue, but the name of the town we were going to kind of gave it away – Battle. The town takes its name from the famous battle between England’s would be rulers William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold. It was quite fascinating to be in the field were the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 and listen to the story about the two great men. From the description, I liked them both, but I have to give it to William, after winning the battle he helped make England what it is today.
If you are passing through Battle, don’t hesitate to stop and take a tour of the Abbey grounds. We took the longer route around the Battlefield. It was such a peaceful walk. I could feel the presence of the past breathing into my back and imagine men with heavy armor fighting in the heat, tired and hungry.
By time we finished our tour, we were knackered! Imagine what it was like back then, climbing the hill while waving a heavy sword…