Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

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Harald 'Hardrada', invaded England in 1066, just before William of Normandy landed on the south coast.

  • They had probably planned to invade at the same time which is why King Harold of England was forced to defend the south coast. King Harald's army came from Norway.
  • They attacked Scarborough then used the very fast 'spring' tide to ride in their longships along the Humber and Ouse to reach Riccall.

King Harald probably had about 7000 soldiers and seamen with him. He needed to move quickly because there were two English armies - The Northumbrians blocking the Ouse and the Mercians blocking the Warfe. He did not want them to join forces so he set out at dawn to attack Jorvik.

Early the next morning, 20th September 1066, they set off towards York and in the afternoon won the battle at the 'Muddy Ford' that we now call Fulford. Three days later, Jorvik surrendered.

But it all went wrong five days later when the Norse army went to collect hostages near Stamford Bridge. They were almost wiped out when King Harold of England arrived with his cavalry. On the same day, the base at Riccall was attacked by the Mercian ships that were waiting at Tadcaster.

The survivors of Fulford, their base plus their longships were all destroyed. King Harald was killed at Stamford Bridge along with his key ally, none other then the brother of the other Harold, the King of England. But that is another story!

You can hear all about the battle of Fulford when you reach the end of your march.

On your march:

  • Imagine how it would feel to carry all your weapons and armour.
  • Would you wear your chain mail or wait until you reached the battle?
  • Would you eat before the march or wait until the fighting was over?

 

 

It was a lovely, sunny sunrise and we marched to Fulford in 2 hours 20 minutes.

 

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 Field, flood-plane housing estate. Visiting Fulford        Map York

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

There is a blog covering these sites where you can leave questions and make comments.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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