Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

1066 Timetable


Summary of published report

Visiting the site

Ceramic collection
Soil survey
Landscape investigated
Size of the armies
No bodies!
No weapons!
Weather and light on the day of the battle
Adjusting dates
1066 Timetable
Tide predictions
Tidal River Ouse
York a tidal port
Research Links


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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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 Fulford
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 Hastings. 

  • 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 Hastings 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


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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