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Battle Abbey Gatehouse

Battle Abbey Gatehouse

This was rebuilt around 1338 to help defend the abbey from French raids during the Hundred Years War.  It is considered to be one of the finest examples of its kind in an English monastery.

During the 14th century, the strengthened Abbey played a vital role in defending the coast from French raids.  In the summer of 1377, Abbot Hamo gained enduring fame by successfully marshalling his troops to repulse a particularly aggresssive raid.  At this time, the Abbey was kept busy providing food and clothing to refugeees fleeing the the conflict.

The gatehouse is now home to the Museum of Monastic Life and the Discovery Centre which offers an interactive 'lift-the-flap' quiz and a build-a-family-tree activity for younger children.  At Christmas, the turrets are studded with lights helping the gatehouse dominate Battle High Street and contribute to an enchanting seasonal atmosphere.

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