Images of flood on
the day of the battle
panoramas of the battle site
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Timetable *=conjectured or uncertain
The dates are Julian dates since these are the ones used in the Chronicles.
To convert to Gregorian dates (the modern date) add 6 days.
3 Edward slips into coma
5 The dying king has a fit but wakes and makes final dispositions and
relates his prophecy of doom
6 Epiphany - The last day of the auspicious Christmas festival so funeral and
coronation are rushed
King Harold marries the sister of Earl Edwin and Earl Morcar, cementing the
alliance of the three great earldoms of Wessex, Mercia and Northumbria.
12 Williamís fleet is completed and gathers in the estuary of the River Dives
30* King Haraldís fleet sets sail from the Solunds, Norway with 200 warships and
many supply vessels
8 King Harold releases his army after the summer and autumn waiting on the IOW
12 Haroldís fleet leaves the Isle of Wight
12 Williamís fleet attempts to cross the Channel but is driven into
St.Valery-sur-Somme by a storm, possibly chased by the English fleet
11/12* King Harald of Norway visits Orkney and Shetland Isles where his wife and
daughters are deposited. His fleet swells
to 300 longships.
15* Tostig submits to Harald in the Firth of Forth
14* The Norse fleet makes landfall, probably near Tynemouth
17* Sunday - Scarborough is attacked and burnt
18* Holderness, the base of one of the northern earls, is destroyed: Riccall
occupied by advanced party
19* News of the northern invasion reaches Harold
19 King Harald re-boards the ships and rides the tides to Riccall on the rivers
Humber & Ouse
20 King Harald of Norway defeats the combined army of the northern earls at
21* Southern army sets out on horseback (10 hours x 8kph = 80 x 4 days = 320 km)
24 Sunday - King Harald parades Norse army and accepts the submission of York
King Harold II arrives in York in the evening and takes steps to ensure
that the presence of his army, resting at Tadcaster is not revealed
25 King Harold II defeats and kills the Harald and Tostig at Stamford Bridge.
27 William's fleet sails from the Somme at dusk
28 William lands near Pevensey after a night crossing of the Channel
29 William moves along the coast
30 News of invasion reaches London
2* News of William's landing reaches Harold who immediately heads south
6 Friday - Harold reaches London
11 Wednesday - Harold leaves London
13 Friday - The English muster on the valley road some 10k from Williamís camp
14 Battle with Norman invaders results in the death of Harold II and much of
the south Saxon nobility
The Battle of Fulford, on the outskirts of York, has been
overshadowed by the other great battles of 1066 at Stamford Bridge and
- 20 September 1066 Fulford
- 25 September 1066 Stamford Bridge
- 14 October 1066 Hastings
The sequence of events that flowed from the defeat of the Northern Earls at Fulford led,
a few weeks later, to the Norman Conquest of Britain.
Study the six map sequence
that speculates on the fateful course of the battle.
To convey an impression of the importance of this battle, the size of the
battle site has been imposed on the
Fulford map for comparison. Fulford looks bigger!
Table is from
'The Forgotten Battle of 1066, Fulford' by Charles Jones
Adjusting Julian dates The
weather in 1066 Timetable for 1066