Five Misconceptions From British History You Should Stop Believing

No, the Battle of Hastings didn’t take place at Hastings

Jacob Wilkins
Lessons from History


A painting of William of Normandy by an unknown artist, c. 1600 (Wikimedia Commons)

From the days of Alfred the Great to the boom of the postwar years, the history of Great Britain features many fascinating tales.

But like all fields of history, there are still plenty of misconceptions being passed around.

So, next time you hear someone mention one of the following misconceptions, make sure you correct them.

Misconception #1: The Battle of Hastings Took Place at Hastings

A part of the Bayeux Tapestry commissioned by Bishop Odo, c. 1070s (Wikimedia Commons)

The Battle of Hastings was a watershed moment in British history. Taking place on the 14th of October 1066, William of Normandy defeated King Harold II and his army, bringing an end to the Anglo-Saxon era.

Given this event is referred to as the Battle of Hastings, it’s logical to assume the battle took place at Hastings. But this assumption would be incorrect. The battle actually took place at Senlac Hill, seven miles to the north of Hastings.