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The Mountjoy
 
Many of the street and road names in 1066 Country are named after events, places and characters from the time. Some of the names may seem to have no significance at all. Take this photograph of a red telephone box located in the road named Mountjoy. I am sure many people have heard of the word mountjoy but have no idea of its meaning. A mountjoy is pile of stones or more usually understood today as a cairn. It was constructed under the order of William to commemorate the dead and to give thanks for his victory. Constructed on Caldbec Hill, the mountjoy was built where Harold's men camped prior to the battle. Walking up this road will eventually lead to some steps and then to Caldbec Hill.

 

Calbec Hill
 
Caldbec Hill and the view looking north towards the windmill and the position of the old hoare apple tree ( it no longer exists ) that was the meeting place of Harold's forces prior to the battle and location of William's mountjoy after it.

 

1066 Country
 
As you can see. 1066 Country is not something I have made up to enhance this story. This area really is known as 1066 Country.

 

Battle Abbey
 
The main entrance to Battle Abbey. Through this gate you can visit the scene of the battle and the memorial that is located on the spot where Harold died on the 
14th October 1066.

 

Countryside
 
If you look carefully you can just see the white windmill on the horizon which is now on the highest point of Caldbec Hill. Digest this photograph, as I consider it the most important of all, for reasons that will be explained in detail at a later date. If you have read some of this story, you may possibly know what I am referring to.

 

Old School
 
This area is known as Marley Lane. It is the fork to the left at photograph three. Down the hill, you can see a building which used to be the old Battle primary school. It is thought by some to have been the extreme position of Harold's left flank before the battle started.

 

Battle Abbey Entrance
 
An unusual view above the main entrance showing the constant repair work that is required to keep Battle Abbey in a reasonable state of repair. The main construction seems to be of a form of sandstone which is eroding along the main road perimeter wall. Still, after 900 years, it has not done too badly.

 

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