BRITISH GHOSTS: Battle Abbey, East Sussex
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King William the Conqueror founded the Abbey on the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 as a thanksgiving for his victory. The high altar of his church was sited, somewhat gloatingly, on the spot where King Harold had fallen. The main battlefield site lies on a hillside to the south, and the ground is said by some to run red with blood when it rains. Although this is thought to be more likely to the presence of iron in the soil.
Numerous ghosts have been seen in the area, including a Norman knight in the Abbot’s House, a Red Lady on the stairs of the Abbot’s House and in the ruins, a Grey Lady near the Great Hall, as well as a monk in the Abbey gateway. On the anniversary of the battle, the ghost of a man killed in combat rides across the battlefield.
It is said that two men held a ghostly vigil in the crypt here in 1932, and heard ghostly chanting coming from overhead.