On 28th September 1066 William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, went to Hastings with his army, where he defeated and killed Harold Godwinson (Harold II), the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, at the battle of Hastings (which actually took place at the modern town of Battle) on 14th October 1066. The victory of the Normans was the beginning of their reign over England. In 1377, Hastings was plundered and pillaged by the French, which was the beginning of the end of the town. In the 18th century, Hastings gained importance because of its seaside resort. Nowadays, Hastings is a popular seaside resort because of its 5 km (3 mile) long promenade, where one can also fish. Its historical background, its imposing position with clifftop walks and castle ruins, as well as the very attractive and lively town centre make this town really interesting for every age group.