May 30 – A trip down to Hastings for the launch of the Battle Tapestry

St Mary's Church, Salehurst

Hello from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

We drove from Burford to Battle today as we have been invited to the official unveiling of the Battle Embroidery at Battle Abbey School tomorrow. It is a 2 hour 40 minute trip according to Google Earth but around Tunbridge, we got caught in heaps of roadworks so it took a lot longer. The ‘lady in the phone’ who gives us directions did suggest a detour but we ignored her as she has put us wrong a couple of times recently. Today we should have followed her advice.

As we were going down the A21 we turned off to Salehurst to get a church micro. We were here a little while ago but were unable to find the cache. We contacted the CO which is unusual for us and he gave us a hint plus when we were at the Kent Mega I saw a cache box which made us realize that we had been looking straight at the cache last time we were here. Good to have this one off our list.

We stayed at an Airbnb in Battle very centrally located in Upper Lake Rd in a lovely medieval house. It is called Priory Lodge and the people were lovely as was the wonderful house with its quirky low beamed ceilings. A lovely comfortable night. We went out in the afternoon to find a couple of caches on the 1066 trail. The trail starts just behind the Airbnb and continues around the back of the Battle to Battle Abbey. It is a part of Battle which we have not found before and was a lovely walk on a warm afternoon. We ended up at the area where the Malfosse Incident may have taken place. You can just imagine all the men and horses dashing down this hill and going into the ditch at the bottom. Battle is a very atmospheric place and one imagines what it was like 950 years ago.

We arranged for Peter C. to meet us at ‘The Chequers’ pub and restaurant over the road and had a lovely evening catching up with him.