English Heritage confirm Hastings Battlefield in the wrong place.

Well thats a turn up for the books. English Heritage historian Roy Porter admits to the Guardian “The one place we know the armies weren’t is the low ground below the abbey, where most visitors understandably think the battle must have been fought” The Guardian adds ‘To add to the confusion, the annual recreation by costumed reenactors, which will be fought with increased fervour in October, is held in the wrong place, since the town and abbey ruins occupy the true site.

Its a step in the right direction as there is no more evidence in the town or the abbey site than the place we have been told for 940 years was the battlefield. Well done Mr Porter for coming clean on an issue that was getting more and more difficult to deal with in historical and not to mention archaeological terms now we know the truth of the matter. Now lets get the issue sorted properly with a proper investigation of the Manor site in Crowhurst. Lets put behind us the errors of the past since we have suffered the illusion that the so called battlefield was the right site for too long. Perhaps someone from English Heritage might now consider after five years of invitations to come to Crowhurst to look at what is here.

Nick Austin
14/07/2016

nick at secretsofthenormaninvasion.com

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2 thoughts on “English Heritage confirm Hastings Battlefield in the wrong place.

  1. Jackie Cleary

    Well done, Mr. Austin! This would never have happened without your perseverance. English Heritage could really turn your work into a boon for itself. Instead of the same old Battle Abbey story, there will be much excitement and interest in uncovering the real story. Having acknowledged that a mistake was made they can now, ever so gently so as not to startle people, quietly start thinking how to turn this into a great historical adventure.

    • Absolutely agree Jackie and I do detect that the marketing is moving towards the fact Battle Abbey was and still is a great monastery site rich in history. A new discovery of the Invasion site and camp of William (hitherto unknown) could revitalise the whole area including Hastings and Battle in a way that has never been thought possible like Bayeux. Hopefully the new Culture and Tourism ministers might see the light now that the obstacle of the wrong site has been removed.

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