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Hastings,city (1991 pop. 74,979) and district, East Sussex, SE England. A resort and residential city, Hastings is backed by cliffs and has a 3-mi (4.8-km) marine esplanade, parks, and bathing beaches. The site was occupied in Roman times. It was made famous by the battle of Hastings, which took place at nearby BattleBattle,
town, East Sussex, SE England. The town grew up on the site (then a moorland) of the battle of Hastings (1066). The victorious William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey to commemorate the event. The abbey has been converted into a girls' school, but ruins can be seen.
..... Click the link for more information. on Oct. 14, 1066, between the Normans under William, duke of Normandy (later William IWilliam I
or William the Conqueror,
1027?–1087, king of England (1066–87). Earnest and resourceful, William was not only one of the greatest of English monarchs but a pivotal figure in European history as well.
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1022?–1066, king of England (1066). The son of Godwin, earl of Wessex, he belonged to the most powerful noble family of England in the reign of Edward the Confessor. Through Godwin's influence Harold was made earl of East Anglia.
..... Click the link for more information. . The battle, one of the most celebrated in English history, was won by William's force after a single day's fighting. This was the first and most decisive victory of the Norman ConquestNorman Conquest,
period in English history following the defeat (1066) of King Harold of England by William, duke of Normandy, who became William I of England. The conquest was formerly thought to have brought about broad changes in all phases of English life.
..... Click the link for more information. of England. Hastings became one of the Cinque PortsCinque Ports
[O. Fr.,=five ports], name applied to an association of maritime towns in Sussex and Kent, SE England. They originally numbered five: Hastings, Romney (now New Romney), Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich. The association was informally organized in the 11th cent.
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Hastings.1 City (1990 pop. 15,445), seat of Dakota co., SE Minn., on the Vermillion River and on bluffs above the Mississippi opposite its confluence with the St. Croix; inc. 1857. It is a farm trade and manufacturing center, producing flour, computer equipment, fertilizers, and feeds. 2 City (1990 pop. 22,837), seat of Adams co., S central Nebr.; inc. 1874. It is a rail center in a farming area. Manufactures include processed foods and construction materials. A museum is in the city.
Hastings,city (1996 pop. 58,495), SE North Island, New Zealand, close to Napier. It has extensive food-processing industries, including meatpacking, canning, and dairy processing.
a county borough in the county of East Sussex, Great Britain, on the shores of the Strait of Dover. Population, 69,000 (1969). It is a major resort and the site of annual chess tournaments.
On Oct. 14, 1066, the troops of William, duke of Normandy, defeated the Anglo-Saxon troops of King Harold near Hastings. The king’s infantry fought valiantly, but was routed by the knights’ cavalry and infantry, which were stronger in number and arms. Harold was killed in the battle. After the victory near Hastings, William I the Conqueror was crowned for the English throne in December 1066.
a city in New Zealand, in the eastern part of the North Island. Population, 33,600 (1975). The city is served by a railroad and has food-processing, metalworking, and woodworking industries. It is the center of an agricultural region noted for fruit growing and the raising of dairy cattle.