Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Adjusting dates


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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dates ancient and modern

The modern calculations are all specified according to the Gregorian calendar so an allowance of 6 days had to be made when calculating the tides. However, all the dates referred to in the literature and reported here, are Julian dates.

We ‘lost’ 10 days in 1582 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted. The calendars were coincident in 325 AD. So the ‘day loss’ varies from 10 to 0 days over that period according to the formula that adjusts the date by inserting ‘leap centuries’. In 1066 the difference between the Julian and Gregorian dates was only 6 days, and so 20 September 1066 in the Julian calendar became 26 September 1066 in the Gregorian calendar.

The date of the battle is specified in the written sources using the calendar of saint’s days. I failed to do the necessary conversion in a way that agreed with the received day or date. However, I defer to the antiquarians who have given us the date of 20th September 1066 because this is very close to my own attempts at converting dates. If subsequent work by an expert in ecclesiastical calculation was to show that the received wisdom was wrong by a day or two, I would not demur. The impact of any possible adjustments does not have a significant impact on the tidal calculations.

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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