Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Battle of Fulford 1066

Summary of published report

Visiting the site

This site tells the story of the first battle of 1066 and the work done to identify the location of the battle site, just a few miles south of York city centre. The battle, and the work to locate it, are both exciting stories.

Judge for yourself

Time is running out to prevent the destruction of the battlefield. Come an visit the exhibition of Fulford Archaeology, and judge for yourself if the case for the site has been proven beyond any sensible doubt. (Visit savefulford.org to see how the planning system has ignored the evidence) They have finally owned up to the existence of watervoles and it ill be interesting to see how they wriggle out of this one since - It is a criminal offence to disturb the habitats of this protected species.

Details of the 2015 dig are available. The dig in 2014 has allowed the battle site to be dated, showing that the recycling work identified all along Germany Beck a decade ago is linked to the battle - The site has now been located and dated! Sadly, this does not mean the site is safe.

This is a copy of an internal document - What’s going on?

English Heritage Doc Ref BP2012/3/E    dated 2 Feb 2012

5.1 On the grounds of probability Germany Beck appears to be the most likely

location for the battle. Jones' interpretation of the course of the battle is plausible

and is the best fit for the surviving evidence.


5.2 In relation to the forthcoming Selection Guide, it is clear that the Battle of Fulford is of

sufficient historical importance for inclusion in the Register. On the basis of probability,

Germany Beck can be identified as the location of the Battle of Fulford and on the basis of Jones' interpretation, a reasonable boundary could be identified focusing on the line of the Germany Beck. It is worth noting that the combination of evidence and reasoning here differs little from that used to determine the location of the registered Battle of Maldon.

5.3 Inclusion in the Register is not obligatory. To include Fulford in the Register at this stage would raise the temperature of discussions regarding the detailed planning application. Following forthcoming development of the site, the site would be very unlikely to merit inclusion in the Register.

5.4 Given the planning history of this site, EH is currently considering responding to the request to Register with advice which recognises that Germany Beck is likely to be the location of the Battle, but that, given the planning situation, refrains from adding the site to the Register.




News and changes

New - There is a phrase by phrase analysis of the key section about the battle. In court English Heritage were inserting words that cannot be found in recognised translations to justify their case.

Trial trench  in August 2013 produces some remarkable finds

So we are preparing for a big dig in July 2014. It will be part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology. Volunteers are needed for this exciting project. more

Floods in 2012 and 2013 have allowed the water level to be photographed as it might have looked on the morning of the battle.

The planning process grinds on

The battlesite is currently awaiting the decision of a High Court Judge - there are 3 actions

  1. An appeal against English Heritage's failure to designated the site.

  2. The failure of the WSI process.

  3. Failures by the York Planners to take evidence for the battle into account.

XRF Work

The sad story of the water voles

In the news

Walking to Waltham Abbey  On BBC Radio 4

To see how ancient clothing worked and how long it would take to get the news of the defeat at Fulford to Harold at Waltham Abbey. Hear a bit about it on the BBC Making History programme.

Extracts from transcription of York Council notes which have been authenticated using Freedom of Information

18/2/05  MS/John Oxley/HB; Keith Emerick – English Heritage (+ colleague)

 Since March 2004 – Charles Jones work in vicinity – metal objects recovered but few of 11c date & not sure where from in locality (CJ not given info).

CJ asked for access to site for metal detection work but Persimmons refused.

 JO asked Persimmon to carry out work, which they have done. Come to conclusion, sufficient info to approve application.

 More work unreasonable.

1) Landscape Appraisal – authority questioned.

2) Metal detecting survey – may or may not produce evidence. (arrow linking numbers  1 and 1 here)

1) JO considered reasonable document in reviews evidence.

2) Survey – intensive piece of work & what would it produce.

11c battle not something can map on landscape – limited arrowheads. No human skeletal materials found at site.

11c – hand to hand process rather than arrowheads/muskets.

No 11c metal work found.

Technique used to detect different form of battle.

17/3/05 – St Leonard’s Place.

Keith Emerick – EH.;Mike Slater – CYC; John Oxley - CYC

HB – CYC; Michael Courcier – Northern Planning; Paula Ware – MAP; Peter Morris – Persimmon

JO Therefore retain ‘13C story’ in dev. with mitigation measures suggested by him. - will not have ‘fireproof’ case

KE Needs to state – didn’t take place here, best approach to use historic identity within devt. Site has potential to engage people in history of area  [line from history] public gain.



Related sites Facebook  Twitter (@ helpsavefulford)        Visiting Fulford        Map York

There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Belt, floodplain housing estate.

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com  last updated June 2015

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