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

nick at secretsofthenormaninvasion.com

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12 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.

  2. Richard Pope

    My congratulations from Christchurch, New Zealand.

  3. Siggi Langnasen

    My wife got me your book from the library and I’ve been reading it in bed. Absolutely nailed it and yes, it does matter. I live in Eastbourne and the battle environs are my biking stomping grounds. I enjoy knowing the reality vs the traditional established nonsense as I traverse the area (waking the dead as I go, lol). Well done on your labour of love dude. 🙂

    • Richard Pope

      Great, a cyclist at heart. Long may we continue cycling.

  4. Andrea

    Wow, I think you have nailed this, are there any updates? This is an amazing find and so important to our entire history as a nation. This should be front page news!

  5. Keith

    Thank you Nick for this research I just hope to be around when the authorities finally investigate your findings of which some good will come.

  6. mike clarke

    Your book is a fascinating read, and surely the authorities have to give some funding to enable a comprehensive dig at the site. Thankyou Nick for all your hard work in bringing this to light.

  7. Stuart Crocker

    So where’s the evidence? Have they uncovered the grave pits?

  8. Matt

    Is the book still in print?
    Can I get a copy of this book from someone?
    …an old book would be fine?

    Please help. I have been trying to get a copy of Nick Austins book for quite some time.


  9. Adrian

    English Heritage (Or at least its guides) are still (June 2021) announcing to the world that Battle is the only site, even though there is no archaeology there! The guide’s explanation is the acid soil – although as I said to the wife afterwards; “That didn’t stop Basil Wossname from digging up a dissolved ship at Sutton Hoo, did it?”
    The guide added that even Timewatch (He meant Time Team!) couldn’t find anything, and said the battle site must have been 200 yards away, which he said means nothing with a battle line half a mile long.
    So yes, they’re still in denial of possible alternatives.

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