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In pictures: over one thousand people re-enact the Battle of Hastings for 950th anniversary

Over one thousand history enthusiasts took part in a recreation of the Battle of Hastings this weekend for the 950th anniversary of the famous event.

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Re-enactors take part in the Battle of Hastings, at Battle Abbey in southern England. Image by Ben Stansall/Getty Images
The event saw over 1000 people taking part in the re-enactment.
The event saw over 1000 people taking part in the re-enactment. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
The re-enactment took place on the original site of the battle, which was actually seven miles from Hastings.
The re-enactment took place on the original site of the battle, which was actually seven miles from Hastings. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
A historical re-enactor in the Norman Camp polishes his helmet before the battle.
A historical re-enactor in the Norman Camp polishes his helmet before the battle. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The re-enactment was staged on the original site of the battle, which took place seven miles from Hastings at a place called Battle Abbey. The site was built upon by William the Conqueror following his defeat of King Harold on October 15 in 1066.

A re-enactor depicting William the Conqueror rides onto the battle field.
A re-enactor depicting William the Conqueror rides onto the battle field. Image by Ben Stansall/Getty Images
A historical re-enactor in the Norman Camp gestures to the battlefield as he prepares to take part in the battle.
A historical re-enactor in the Norman Camp gestures to the battlefield as he prepares to take part in the battle. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
A re-enactor in the Saxon Camp relaxes before a the battle.
A re-enactor in the Saxon Camp relaxes before a the battle. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
Soldiers raise their swords during the re-enactment of The Battle of Hastings.
Soldiers raise their swords during the re-enactment of The Battle of Hastings. Image by Ben Stansall/Getty Images

As well as the recreation of the famous battle, which saw the victorious Norman troops facing off against an Anglo-Saxon army, the East Sussex event had weaponry displays, historical lectures and authentic camps set up around the vicinity. Over 8000 people attended the event, watching excitedly as the armies in period costume swung swords and shot arrows.

Soldiers from both sides practice before the battle.
Soldiers from both sides practice before the battle. Image by Jack Taylor
A re-enactor in the Saxon Camp prepares food.
A re-enactor in the Saxon Camp prepares food. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
Re-enactors from the Norman camp rest before the battle.
Re-enactors from the Norman camp rest before the battle. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images
A re-enactor prepares to shoot an arrow.
A re-enactor prepares to shoot an arrow. Image by Ben Stansall/Getty Images
Historical re-enactors are pictured as they prepare to take part in the historic battle.
Historical re-enactors are pictured as they prepare to take part in the historic battle. Image by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The Battle of Hastings is considered to be one of the most pivotal events in English history, drastically changing the makeup of the nation following Duke William of Normandy’s ascension to the throne.