Is this roundabout where the Battle of Hastings was really lost?

The Argus: The A2100 roundabout. Picture from Google Streetview The A2100 roundabout. Picture from Google Streetview

Could this Battle roundabout be the true site where King Harold lost his life at the Battle of Hastings? 

Channel 4's Time Team has uncovered new evidence which questions the received wisdom that the last Anglo-Saxon king of England died where Battle Abbey now stands. 

Their archaeologists now claim he fell on the site of what is now a mini roundabout on the A2100 - and English Heritage is looking into it too.

The roundabout is now home to Totesport bookmakers, the Chequers Pub and Ye Olde Cafe.

The programme's experts used aerial technology called LIDA to map Battle's terrain. This suggested the Abbey location would be too boggy for the Norman army's cavalry. 

Looking at the recreated landscape, they settled upon the A2100 mini-roundabout as the most likely location.

Tony Robinson said :"There was a long ridge which the Normans would have to take if they were going to head north and within that there was a narrow pass."

He added: "There is apparently no sense whatsoever in fighting the battle in the field below Battle Abbey which has always been designated and thought of as the site of the actual fighting."

Their theory was supported by an axe head in the town museum which was said to have been found near the roundabout.

Abbey curator Roy Porter said the theory would be taken into account.

Mr Porter, who works for English Heritage, said the Time Team location was still within the established battlefield site. 

He said: "The now-famous roundabout lies about 100m to the east of the abbey's precinct wall and, of course, the fighting would have taken place over a wider area than simply the road and the roundabout."

In 2011, historian Nick Austin claimed King Harold was defeated by William the Conqueror two miles away in Crowhurst.

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2:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

twonk says...

I wouldn't be surprised if Harold died there, the traffic hurtles around the corner and down Marley Lane.
I wouldn't be surprised if Harold died there, the traffic hurtles around the corner and down Marley Lane. twonk

7:27pm Wed 4 Dec 13

harbourguy says...

We like fighting over roundabouts in Sussex dont we!
We like fighting over roundabouts in Sussex dont we! harbourguy

8:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

MontyHove says...

An estimated 14,000 soldiers fought and many died at the battle of Hastings and yet absolutely no evidence has been found on the official battlefield - not a single arrow head or piece of chain mail. Which logically suggests that the battle had to have taken place nearby somewhere else. I can recommend the Time Team show. Fascinating!
An estimated 14,000 soldiers fought and many died at the battle of Hastings and yet absolutely no evidence has been found on the official battlefield - not a single arrow head or piece of chain mail. Which logically suggests that the battle had to have taken place nearby somewhere else. I can recommend the Time Team show. Fascinating! MontyHove

8:23pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

The battle of Seven Dials has also been lost.
Green Council: 1 Taxpayers: -800,000(pounds)
The battle of Seven Dials has also been lost. Green Council: 1 Taxpayers: -800,000(pounds) Sussex jim

8:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

nocando says...

Is that wisdom received or actually perceived?
Cavalry ride horses, its archers that fire arrows. That roundabout's 100m from the abbey.
Is that wisdom received or actually perceived? Cavalry ride horses, its archers that fire arrows. That roundabout's 100m from the abbey. nocando

9:43am Thu 5 Dec 13

PetertheGrate says...

This is a very old argument. Even when I was at school(1940s) we were taught that the only thing definite about the battle is that it was not fought at Hastings.
ps I don't recall anything about that roundabout being there, but then I was living in Essex where the roads were straighter.
This is a very old argument. Even when I was at school(1940s) we were taught that the only thing definite about the battle is that it was not fought at Hastings. ps I don't recall anything about that roundabout being there, but then I was living in Essex where the roads were straighter. PetertheGrate

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