Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Battle begins


Summary of published report

Visiting the site

There are six images in this sequence.    

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

The Norse leader, King Harald, sent his weaker troops forward along near the ford. This was marshy ground so progress would be slow, but retreat would be equally difficult.

Earl Morcar attacked at the ford with initial success. This drew the English from their high ground into the marshy land at the ford where the fighting bogged down. 

King Harald allows Earl Morcar to advance. The English defenders gradually come off their secure bank and go down into the ford.

On the English left flank the Norse make no progress as the ditch is easy to defend.


Light casualties leave the battle and limp back towards York, 1 miles away.

As the Norse sagas put it 'The banner of Earl Morcar advanced bravely'. But King Harald had laid a trap.



Battle begins

Back to the first confrontation

On to the turning point


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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