In this week’s episode I mention that Lady Holland was born Elizabeth Vassal and was forced to marry Sir Godfrey Webster who was more than 20 years her senior. His estate was Battle Abbey.
Now, why is Battle Abbey called Battle Abbey?
Because it’s situated in Battle.
And why is Battle called Battle?
Because that’s where the Battle of Hastings of 1066 took really place!
Apparently, shortly after, the new king had a church consecrated to mark the place of his victory. Over the years, an abbey grew around it. It was destroyed during the Dissolution of Monasteries under Henry VIII and the estate was passed into private hands. In 1922 it was finally made into a girls’ school.
Now, on to one of these coincidences: Can you guess where the main estate of the Earls of Ashburnham is situated?
Yes, indeed: near Battle. :O)