Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Sunrise 20 Sept 1066

Summary of published report

Visiting the site

There are six images in this sequence.    

Sunrise - Confrontation - Battle begins - Turning point - Rollup begins - Encirclement  Home

At first light the Housecarls of Edwin and Morcar move along the ditch to block the route to York.

At the same time, The Earls are leading out the local levies or Fyrd to reinforce the two flanks

At Riccall, 7 miles (11 Kilometres) away, the Viking army is setting out for the battlefield.

The tide is flooding the beck so the battle cannot start yet. The two sides had several hours to organise their positions as it would be nearly midday before the tide had fallen enough to allow the shieldwalls to engage.

Note: Earl Edwin would also not have been able to occupy his flank protection position until the tide had fallen - It is possible that he was moving into position when King Harold stuck.


English shield wall

The map reflects the work done by the Battlefield Society to understand the landscape of 1066. (How the area has changed)



Read a description of the battle

Onto the initial confrontation


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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 November 2014

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