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St Mary the Virgin Church

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St Mary the Virgin Church - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Virtual tour panorama showing the exterior of St Mary the Virgin Church in Battle. The church is right next to the main road, opposite Battle Abbey, which is the most popular tourist attraction in Battle. Picture taken in May 2011 in the late afternoon.

St Mary the Virgin Church - FURTHER INFORMATION

St Mary the Virgin Church - Battle visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'St Mary the Virgin Church' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.

St Mary the Virgin Church in Battle is nearly 900 years old, founded by Abbot Ralph around 1115 (12th century). It was built on the battlefield of the Battle of Hastings (1066), when William of Normandy defeated Saxon King Harold and successfully invaded England. This is commemorated by the Senlac window in the church.

Inside St Mary the Virgin Church visitors are met by a magnificent transitional nave, a rare wall painting of St Margaret of Antioch from around 1300. Also here is the gilded and painted Alabaster Tomb of Sir Anthony Browne (1548), to whom Henry VIII granted Battle Abbey during the Abolition and Dissolution of the Monasteries. Finally, there are three notable brasses dating from 1426.

The church has two chapels. At the east end of the south aisle is St. Catherine's chapel, containing a stone Catherine Wheel to the right of the chapel altar. The Lady Chapel, was built around 1350 containing a stained glass window showing worship of 'Almighty God by the Church triumphant in heaven and the Church militant on earth'.


St Mary the Virgin Church
The Deanery,
Caldbec Hill,
East Sussex TN33 0JY


Bus: Battle, Abbey (23, 95, 304, 305, 328, 355, 384, 504, B67, B71, B75, B79)
Road: Battle is 8 miles north of Hastings on the A2100. It is 34 miles from Brighton and 60 miles south of central London (A21, A2100)
Rail: Battle Rail Station on the Hastings Line with mainline links direct to London.

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