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Battle (town), a market town in Sussex, 8 miles N.W. of Hastings. It derives its name from the Battle of Senlac or Hastings, in which William of Normandy defeated and killed Harold on October 14, 1066. The remains of the abbey built by the Conqueror to celebrate his victory are no longer in existence, the ruins adjoining the seat of the Duke of Cleveland belonging to a later period. The old church has some good glass and several interesting monuments. There are large gunpowder-mills in the neighbourhood.