Battle is a historic market town that dates back to the famous Battle of Hastings when Duke William crossed the Channel from St Valery sur Somme in October 1066 to defeat King Harold and the English army. Following the battle, between years 1070 and 1094, William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey – a penance ordered by the Pope for the loss of life incurred in the conflict. The town subsequently grew up beyond the Abbey walls. The Church of St Mary the Virgin, built near to the Abbey gates, celebrated its 900th anniversary in September 2015. The green, or market place is in the centre of the town hosting the town’s bonfire, Christmas tree and other social events throughout the year. The Abbey and its gatehouse entrance, rebuilt in 1338 is one of the finest monastic structures in Britain. The main building is now a private school. English Heritage run a tourist office and shop from the front of the Abbey where visitors can take tours of the ‘Battlefield of blood’. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield
The high street runs from the Abbey gates and is a mix of medieval and historical building providing a fine back drop to a range of local retailers. See local town link https://www.battletowncouncil.gov.uk/community/battle-town-council-7838/about-us
The Battle museum, the Almonry, stands at the other end of the High Street where there is a number of engravings depicting the Bayeux tapestry.
The town offers a range of festivals throughout the year that includes its annual Arts and Music Festival held in October. Other traditions include: the annual Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade on Good Friday; a Medieval Fayre during the late May Bank Holiday; a Scarecrow Festival in July; and Battle of Hastings re-enactments in October.
On the outskirts there are newer developments. Many people commute to London from Battle, the main train line going into Charing Cross with hourly services taking around 1 hr 30 mins. https://www.trainline.com
Battle benefits from a local primary school at https://www.battlelangtonprimaryschool.co.uk/ and secondary school in Claverham College https://www.claverham.e-sussex.sch.uk/ there are also a number of local independent schools near by including Vine Hall nursery, pre prep and prep school https://www.vinehallschool.com/ as well as Claremont school offering private education from nursery to sixth form https://www.claremontschool.co.uk and of course Battle Abbey School from nursery to sixth form https://www.battleabbeyschool.com/