1066 Battle of Hastings reenactment Photos from October 2006
One of the most important events in English history
All of these photos were taken at the 1066 Battle of Hastings reenactment back in October 2006. Having lived in Battle for many years and being a regular visitor to Battle Abbey it seemed only right to attend a reenactment of the events that led to my town having its name. According to the TV program Time Team the battle may not have actually taken place on what is locally thought of as the battlefield, but instead just down the road. No matter which is true it’s still a very interesting place to visit and so much history to learn about in this area.
I live in Battle, but before the Battle of Hastings the town was called Senlac and only became called that due to the huge Battle that happened here. Battle Abbey is owned by English Heritage, a charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places, I am an English Heritage member, so get to go, visit and often photograph this great place quite often! :)
About the Battle of Hastings reenactment
The Battle of Hastings reenactment is a yearly reenactment of the Battle of Hastings, held at Battle Abbey in Battle, East Sussex, UK, and drawing participants from around the world. It takes place every year on the weekend nearest 14 October on the site of the historical battle, although is often arranged across the hill rather than up it, to take account of the smaller number of participants and the need for spectators.
The event is run by English Heritage, which owns the site, and attended by several thousand people yearly. For many years it was an event for amateur groups of reenactors, but more recently has involved scenes by professional actors.
Every five or six years since 1984 it has been the site of major reenactments – 1984, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006. At the 2000 reenactment, called "Hastings 2000", about 1000 reenactors on foot, 100 cavalry and between 50 and 100 archers from 16 different countries took part.
The 2006 event Hastings 2006 was, for a while, referred to as TNBO, "The Next Big One." The phrase was coined in 2001 or 2002 by an Australian re-enactor following the event in 2000 when questions began being asked about when 'The Next Big One' would be held.
The 2006 event saw a much larger attendance than in 2000. A total of 3,400 reenactors registered, and about 2,400 people took part on each of the two days, watched by a total crowd of about 30,000 paying public. As such, it is believed to have been the largest pre-gunpowder reenactment ever held anywhere.
Text from Wikipedia
Location of Battle Abbey
Address: Battle Abbey, Butter Cross, High St, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD