Thursday, November 5, 1998 Published at 02:20 GMT
Battle over Hastings tea-shop
The Bayeux tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings
Swords have been drawn over a plan by English Heritage to put a café within a spear's throw of the spot where King Harold of England was killed in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
But the Battlefield Trust thinks the proposal is philistine.
Spokesman Michael Raynor says the building - which would include toilets - would lower the dignity of the battlefield.
"I think it's in very questionable taste and extremely insensitive to build such things," he said.
The Battlefield Trust's main objection is that the building would set a dangerous precedent, which could be followed by other developers seeking to build on battlefield sites.
"As the custodian of battlefields, English Heritage should set a standard. When it's as important a battlefield as Hastings, there really shouldn't be any new building close to the centre of it," said Mr Raynor.
The local district council was to have decided on the issue on Thursday - but at the last minute it emerged that English Heritage asked for the application to be deferred.
Mr Raynor says he hopes the English Heritage will think again about its proposals.
The Battle of Hastings was won by the William, Duke of Normandy, and marks the last time England was invaded by a foreign power.
The battle was not actually fought at Hastings, but at the place that became known as Battle, six miles inland.