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by Richard
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

Strategy is the (invisible/intellectual) plan of action whereas Tactics are the (visible/physical) means used to achieve it on the battlefield. There would have been more than one strategy on both sides during 1066 and therefore a multiplicity of tactics. Success or failure of the tactics used would...
by Richard
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Non-Hastings Chat
Topic: Dr Who
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Dr Who

I wasn't really prepared for a woman Dr Who, I did not much like the idea. Don't ask me why! Was I prejudiced by the fact that men took the title role previously? I have to say that I think the current series is much improved by a very articulate woman in charge and the issues tackled now are 'full-...
by Richard
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

No reason to dismiss discussion of possible tactics as waffle, seahermit. And you properly understand military tactics as they changed on a battlefield nearly 1000 years ago? How arrogant! Nobody knows for certain exactly what happened and so it might be prudent to look at all possibilities with an ...
by Richard
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

Shield walls are vulnerable to several tactics: A commonly quoted crucial reason for Harold's eventual defeat on the battlefield was the idea that the Normans simply fell back in a false retreat, under attack from aggressive Anglo-Saxon foot-soldiers, as a wily ruse to trick the defenders into charg...
by Richard
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Locals have your say
Topic: Emergency Situations
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Emergency Situations

The following can happen anywhere these days: You notice a person totally losing control and wandering around on the pavement, lurching in an apparent zombie or drunken state and at risk of a collision with speeding traffic. Are they drunk, diabetic or drugged - you can't be certain so what do you d...
by Richard
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Old Buildings and Streets
Topic: Congregational Church - a peek inside
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Congregational Church - a peek inside

Hi Geoff, The Church was bought by a lady called Ellen Gordon (a property developer from Stockwell, in London) in July 2012 assuming planning permissions would be granted on this Grade II listed building, to convert it into a space for the community, and a centre for different arts. The roof in part...
by Richard
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

We all learned that the English defended the high ground, wherever that was exactly history doesn't relate with certainty, they formed an impregnable wall of infantry-men with shields and were extremely competent at hand-to-hand fighting, the Normans struggled hard to break through despite their bes...
by Richard
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

A couple of minor points: 1. The Norman soldiers were religious / superstitious and in all probability made fervent prayers for a successful outcome, Papal banners were carried by the Normans after all. 2. Fishponds were available locally by the close proximity of the river Asten. As far as I can se...
by Richard
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Hastings Chat & Friendly Banter
Topic: Bayeux Tapestry
Replies: 57
Views: 2413

Re: Bayeux Tapestry

English Heritage quote historical sources to say the following: "The Benedictine abbey of Battle was founded and largely endowed by King William in about 1071. Dedicated to the Trinity, the Virgin and St Martin of Tours, it was established as a memorial to the dead of the battle and as atonemen...
by Richard
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Old Buildings and Streets
Topic: Congregational Church - a peek inside
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Congregational Church - a peek inside

Yes Geoff! I spoke to the man who purchased this property some years ago and the owner told me it had quite a few issues relating to planning permissions, maintenance and alterations. The owner / developer (back then) indicated that he was being restricted by listed structures or decorations on the ...

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