Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Weather and light on the day of the battle


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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Weather and light on the day of the battle

The new Moon would be seen two days after the battle, so there was no moonlight the night before the battle. On a clear night, there is sufficient light from a full moon to walk safely along a track. Moonlight would have helped those making their way to Hastings to meet the southern invasion and I have tested the benefit of moonlight when walking Ermine Street to Waltham Abbey.

The Norse army would have to wait for sunrise at 5:54 before making any move. But in late September, it would not be light enough to safely set out before 7. Any earlier and the warriors would have been stumbling about. The sky lights up slowly by the second half of September. Sunset at this latitude comes at 17:47 and it is completely dark before 19:00 in the evening. These figures dictate the window during which the events related to the battle could have taken place.

Cloud cover would reduce the light levels significantly but the little evidence we have, plus long observation of modern weather patterns, suggests that the sky was clear.

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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