History of Battle Memorial Hall

Battle Memorial Hall is part of Langton Hall which began in the 16th century as a simple 2-storey half-timbered building to which was added another storey in the 1700’s when it became one of the town’s grander houses. It was extended further in the 20th century when the current shop fronts were added.

Langton House was a meeting place for some of the more unfortunate members of the Battle community and between 1718-1724 was a poor house, a use to which it reverted in 1805. In 1902 it was divided into two, numbers 80 and 81 High Street, the latter retaining the name Langton Hall. It was privately purchased in 1958 by David Shephard, a member of the local Rotary Club, in whose honour one of the Hall rooms is now named. He worked closely with the local council who, for many years, had been seeking to provide a community building which could also serve as a War Memorial. In order to progress this idea Trustees were appointed to take it forward and agreement was reached that they should acquire the site to be held on trust for the purpose of a village hall. Financial help towards the cost of purchase and an initial phase of work came from the Ministry of Education, the County Education Department, the Town Council and donations from local residents. Work was completed and the Hall opened on 22nd April 1960. It was named Battle Memorial Hall as a fitting tribute to those who had given their lives in the two world wars and this is now suitably acknowledged with prominent boards in the foyer.

In the first week of opening a variety of events took place including a grand concert performed by the Hastings Girls Choir; an amateur boxing contest; a production by the Battle Players; a Gala Olde Tyme Dance; a lecture by the Historical Society on the Bayeux Tapestry and a performance by the Battle Choral and Orchestral Society.

The halls became popular venues for clubs, meeting, performances & celebrations.

Evolution of Battle Memorial Hall

Evolution of Battle Memorial Hall


1569: Built

1718: Becomes a poor house

1730: Hammond family

1805: Becomes a poor house again

1829: Owned by school master William Ticehurst

1855: A solicitor is practising from this address

1862: The building is being used as a ladies’ boarding house

1902: House divided into No’s 80 & 81

1936: RP Rowe buys the building sets up an antique shop

1938: No 80 – a hairdresser is working from the address

1960: No 81 becomes Battle Memorial Hall



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