Battle Abbey and its grounds - the site of Britain's most famous battle fought in 1066 - will go under the auctioneer's hammer on 24 June.
SV Sheep grazing PULL OUT TO GV Scene of Battle of Hastings
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CU PAN SHOWING Bayeux tapestry depicting King Harold and army in boats
CU More scenes of Bayeux tapestry depicting battle (9 shots)
CU King Harold on tapestry
CU PAN DOWN FROM Memorial plaque depicting scene of battle
CU Stone slab inscribed "Harold foll here"
CU Robert Emelius of 1066 Trust speaking
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MV Schoolchildren re-enacting Battle of Hastings (dubbed sound)
EMELIUS: "We feel, and I think it's a national feeling and an international feeling through the English speaking world, that such an important site - thinking of the history the British empire developed over the centuries from this important Battle of Hastings in 1066. We feel we cannot lose the property or the battlefield for public access."
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Background: Battle Abbey and its grounds - the site of Britain's most famous battle fought in 1066 - will go under the auctioneer's hammer on 24 June.
SYNOPSIS: It was here that the Norman duke William the Conqueror and his army landed in October 1066 and defeated England's King Harold who died on the battlefield with an enemy arrow through his eye. William ordered the abbey to be built on the site and when it was consecrated in 1094 entrusted it to the Benedictine order.
A unique pictorial record of the invasion and the events that led up to it survives in the near-contemporary Bayeux tapestry, an immense strip of embroidery believed to have been made by English workers to the order of Duke William's half-brother, Odo, Bishop of Bayeux.
The total area to be sold is about 573 acres (233 hectares). This includes a handsome building constructed in 1857 out of the domestic premises of the abbey, and is leased to the well-known Battle Abbey Girls' School. There's also Powdermill House - the 17th century principal house, an 152 acre (61 hectare) farm; another farmhouse, five cottages; 93 acres (38 hectares) of woodland; a lake; two car parks; building sites and the Battle cricket ground.
A monument to mark the exact spot of the battle has been erected and it's reminders like this that the 1066 Trust wants kept in their present condition. Trust spokesman, Robert Emelius, spoke to Visnews reporter, Peter Whittle.
The property was owned by the Webster family from 1719 to 1858. In 1901 the Websters bought it back again and have owned it ever since. There is speculation that it will bring more than half a million pounds sterling (about 1,200,000 U.S. dollars) at the sale. If sold it could be the last time children like these get the chance to go back in history to re-enact the Battle on the actual site where it was fought.