proof were needed. This photograph shows the abbey wall on the right and
St Mary's church on the left with the road sign to Hastings. Although known
as the Battle of Hastings it was actually fought here, 10 km north. The
village was so named for this reason.
public house in Mount Street. If there is one thing Battle is not short
of is public houses. This photograph of the Kings Head has been included
not only to show a traditional English pub, but more to point out the sign
hanging from it. It depicts what Harold by various accounts was supposed
to look like. He was thought to have had blond or fair hair and almost
certainly would have sported a moustache, as it was in fashion at the time.
Another interesting observation that readers from countries without buildings
as old as ours would make is that anybody taller than about 5 feet 8 inches
would have to duck to enter most of them. This indicates how the average
height of western people has increased over the centuries.
in the opposite direction to the first photograph. St Mary's church is
on the right and the abbey perimeter wall on the left.
Note how the style and architecture is in keeping with the abbey.
the grounds of St Mary's church is this sign depicting the events of 1066
and St Valery sur Somme. As you are probably aware by now, William's fleet
departed this place to begin his voyage and eventual successful invasion
of England. Secondly, we have a quaint modern tradition of twinning. Battle,
not surprisingly is twinned with St Valery sur Somme. The purpose of twinning
is usually to facilitate cultural exchange. The process of twinning is
endemic in England and almost every village or town you pass through is
twinned with one or more like places in Europe.
I suppose if you ask anybody from abroad what their idea of a traditional
Englishman is, the words tea and roast beef would surely be voiced somewhere
in the conversation. This cafe to the left of the abbey main entrance can
supply both. In England everything stops for tea. Even the Battle of Hastings
stopped for refreshments half way through. So civilized, don't you think
photograph taken further along Mount Street shows the diversity of architecture
in style and age. The house in the distance indicates it was constructed
many hundreds of years ago.