Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry


Summary of published report

Visiting the site

Fulford map
Getting there
York map
York in 1066
LIDAR image
3D view of battle
1851 map Fulford
Analysis of map evidence
Geological evidence
Post-conquest Fulford
Riccall Rampage
Norse arrive 1066
Norse march to Fulford


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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The geological heritage is the reason that the battle was fought at the muddy ford. The only breach in the impermeable moraine material was at Fulford where the wet land trapped between the York and Escrick moraines could drain into the river Ouse.

The moraine is the hard material created by glacial action. It is often associated with the melting of a glacier and this is known as a terminal moraine.

The map is based on BGS maps and our surface surveys.



moraine exposed
The complex pattern of moraines south of York, determine the terrain.  This is a sample of the moraine exposed during the investigation by the developer's archeologists. It is formed of material carried and then compressed by the ice-sheet as it paused during its retreat through the area nearly 15,000 years ago. Subsequently a channel was carved when trapped meltwater escaped towards the river Ouse. Note how near to the surface it lies.


Surface geology map


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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 Belt, floodplain housing estate.

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com  last updated June 2015

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