In a dream William had repeatedly measured out a length for the abbey of 500 feet, a foot for each year that his descendents would rule but each time when the distance was checked it was only 315 feet so 315 feet was chosen as the length of the church.
The monastery abbey was dedicated to Saint Martin and was consecrated in 1076, but building work was not completed until 1094 when it was reconsecrated in the presence of William Rufus, seven bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury. The first monks to arrive at the abbey were from the Benedictine abbey of Marmoutier near Tours in the Loire Valley.
|1066||Oct 14||Battle of Hastings|
|William the Conqueror and Harold II met in battle at Hastings. Although Harold had the superior position on the battlefield his tactics failed and he was killed. This left England open for William to continue with his invasion plans.|
Episode: Norman Conquest
|1076||Battle Abbey Consecrated|
|Even though incomplete, Battle Abbey is consecrated.|
|1094||Battle Abbey reconsecrated|
|Building work at Battle Abbey was completed and the abbey reconsecrated by William Rufus.|
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