Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Rollup 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 position of the defenders along the Beck was untenable. To their front, Viking warriors thrust at them from the ditch while others engage them from the other bank. Now, from their right, came King Harald's charge or 'storm'. 

The defenders could not reform or quickly reinforce to meet this threat. The firm ground on their bank was little more than a causeway. The outflanked line steadily yielded to Hardrada's superior force. 

From the high ground on the left flank, Morcar and his defenders could only see the battle in front of them at the ford where neither side was making progress. They would not have seen the breakthrough.

Suddenly the Vikings were upon them from behind. It probably took less than an hour to force Earl Morcar's men into the Beck.

The roll up had begun. 

The roll-up begins

Back to the turning point

On to the encirclement of York's defenders


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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