William the Conqueror 1027 – 1087

William the Conqueror largeWilliam the Conqueror. 1027 – 1087. King of England and Duke of Normandy.

He defeated King Harold on the 14th October, 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey on the 25th December, 1066. In 1085, William ordered the Domesday Survey of England. The knights in William’s army were rewarded with land in England and so replaced the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy. Bexhill manor was owned by the bishops of Chichester but William took it away and gave it to Robert Count of Eu.

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