More details of previous story delivered locally all editions. The reasons given for the delisting application are exactly the same as those given by English Heritage to refuse the Crowhurst site in accordance with their required specifications published in their Battlefield Designation Document, with substantially more substance (if you dont believe me read it). Now you tell me how Battle Abbey can be justifiably protected by statutory protection in the current circumstances with the information available to us today (no archaeology and a document written at the time that names the site in Crowhurst). As detailed in my video the evidence must be produced and it should be produced in public (not in secret with secret metal detector investigations like last year). We have already had a number of attempts to avoid looking at the evidence lets be clear about that and someone is responsible for that. The town of Battle needs an answer and it needs it now before the tourism industry in our area is delivered a death blow. 1066 Country is nothing without a battlefield and it is the responsibility of our national heritage organisation to find it where ever it is and not to sit on their history books mismanaging the economics of the area. Lets see more action and action now, not when the damage has been done.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Its a simple observation that more archaeology is required as the cat is out of the bag at Battle Abbey. The story that there is no archaeology to support the site of the Battle of Hastings at Battle has long been known by professional historians. Now we have a serious issue that has arisen in that the town of Battle relies upon tourists to visit it. The conclusions that were reached by Time Team might just have been reached because the archaeologists looked in the wrong place, irrespective of what the evidence my followers have put in front of English Heritage believe. Secret digs are not the answer but open and honest accountability. Consequently Dr Foard and his team have to come back pretty quickly because English Heritage have a duty to the town to look until they find what they believe is there. Lets make the dig public like all Time Team programmes except this one. If the battlefield is at Crowhurst, as we have shown the evidence suggest, there is a duty to look at that too and not leave Battle in an unmanaged mess that can be avoided with some proper long term thinking (something we don’t see in government institutions very often). Let us hope common sense prevails as its bad news at the moment for Battle as there is no clarity. The absence of evidence will lead to delisting unless more evidence can be found .
6th December 2013
I have been asked to give my response to the Time team programme. After due consideration:
It has been filed with English Heritage in accordance with the statutory provisions. A copy can be seen online if you have an English Heritage account or register with them at their web site.
It is the only appropriate response in the circumstances and overdue by twenty six years.