of the street and road names in 1066 Country are named after events, places
and characters from the time. Some of the names may seem to have no significance
at all. Take this photograph of a red telephone box located in the road
named Mountjoy. I am sure many people have heard of the word mountjoy but
have no idea of its meaning. A mountjoy is pile of stones or more usually
understood today as a cairn. It was constructed under the order of William
to commemorate the dead and to give thanks for his victory. Constructed
on Caldbec Hill, the mountjoy was built where Harold's men camped prior
to the battle. Walking up this road will eventually lead to some steps
and then to Caldbec Hill.
and the view looking north towards the windmill and the position of the
old hoare apple tree ( it no longer exists ) that was the meeting place
of Harold's forces prior to the battle and location of William's mountjoy
you can see. 1066 Country is not something I have made up to enhance this
story. This area really is known as 1066 Country.
main entrance to Battle Abbey. Through this gate you can visit the scene
of the battle and the memorial that is located on the spot where Harold
died on the
you look carefully you can just see the white windmill on the horizon which
is now on the highest point of Caldbec Hill. Digest this photograph, as
I consider it the most important of all, for reasons that will be explained
in detail at a later date. If you have read some of this story, you may
possibly know what I am referring to.
area is known as Marley Lane. It is the fork to the left at photograph
three. Down the hill, you can see a building which used to be the old Battle
primary school. It is thought by some to have been the extreme position
of Harold's left flank before the battle started.
unusual view above the main entrance showing the constant repair work that
is required to keep Battle Abbey in a reasonable state of repair. The main
construction seems to be of a form of sandstone which is eroding along
the main road perimeter wall. Still, after 900 years, it has not done too