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Battle Abbey Gateway from The Marketplace

Battle Abbey Gateway from The Marketplace

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 5670

Item number: f. 20 (no. 38)

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Battle Abbey was built by William the Conqueror near Hastings to commemorate, as its name suggests, the famous battle between the Saxons and Normans in 1066. A wealthy Benedictine community developed here and it was also the burial place of many illustrious people. This view shows one of the best examples of a monastic gatehouse in England. Built in the 1330s its three stories reached 54 feet high and covered a vast area.

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