Extract from the letter written by Dr Paul Stamper to City of York Council on 6 May 2004.

‘The degree of proof which our own criteria require for registration is high – more than tradition or likelihood – and other then in the most exceptional cases such as Hastings is unlikely to exist for such early battle.’

‘..while the available evidence is insufficient to allow the inclusion of the site on the Register of Battlefields, your authority may still be minded to conclude that on the balance of probability it has a significance as the most likely site of this important event.’

Dr Paul Stamper if the Battlefields Panel Co-ordinator for English Heritage