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Battle Abbey, seen in this recent air photo, was founded in 1070 and is an important symbol of the Conquest of Great Britain by the Normans under William the Conqueror.

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We believe that two of our ancestors, Ralph de Braunche and his son Richard, served as knights under William the Conqueror at this battle.

King Harold was killed in the Battle of Hastings on this site in 1066. In 1715 the property was sold to an individual, Sir Thomas Webster, whose family maintained it until 1976, when a donation from the United States helped to save the abbey from total ruin.  Little remains of the Castle apart from an arch of the chapel, some walls, and underground dungeons.