Link road must stop now say campaigners

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ANTI Link Road road campaigners claim development must stop because Crowhurst is the home of the original Battle Abbey.

Bexhill’s Michael Bernard joined with historian Nick Austin in holding a geophysical resistivity test which they say proves the existence of the abbey under a house at the heart of the village.

English Heritage is now re-examining its decision not to amend registration for Crowhurst as the 1066 battlefield site and the results of the test will be included in that review.

The test, conducted by Archaeology South East, shows evidence of metre thick walls buried inside a mound of earth in front of Court Lodge according to Nick Austin.

This backs up his claim the original abbey was built there but moved by monks who came over from France and felt Crowhurst was “not suitable for such a fine building”.

He has been researching the site of the Battle of Hastings for more than 20 years and says he will never give up his fight to be heard or for the history books to be re-written.

Nick has found encouragement from speaking with Philippa Langley, whose dedicated work led to the discovery of Richard III’s burial in a pub car park in Leicester, and said she also had “a great deal of frustration” in being heard.

An English Heritage spokesman said: “I can confirm that we have received a resistivity survey report from a solicitor acting on behalf of a client/clients asking that we amend the battlefield registry entry for the Battle of Hastings. We recently rejected their application to amend the entry as there was no convincing grounds which demonstrated that the battle was at Crowhurst rather than Battle. We are now in the process of reviewing that decision and the resistivity survey will be examined in the review. Until that review has run its course and we have assessed the available evidence we are not in a position to comment further.”