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Battle of Fulford - 20 September 1066


Summary of published report

If you are new to the battle, here are some starting points

Finding Fulford cover

Fulford Report lecture and activity weekend September 2010

The results of 12 years work to find the battle were revealed to the people of Fulford. The room was packed

Latest new and changes

The next walk round the battlefield is scheduled for 25th September, 2011.

Meet opposite Fulford Cemetery at 11am.

Battlefield archaeologists at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

This talk took place on 11 June 2011 

The 6th Fields of Conflict Conference at Osnabrück and Kalkriese 15th-18th April 2011

The Fulford research was presented at the leading international conference.

Friday 17 February, 7.30 pm, Fulford Social Hall

Follow in the footsteps of King Harald and his Viking army as part of London 2012 Open Weekend

Charcoal making

XRF Work

The sad story of the water voles

(but there might be a happy ending)

Progress report

In the news

National Geographic The story of the recycling sites at Fulford

Walking to Waltham Abbey  On BBC Radio 4

The Story from The Press in York

A bit of practical historic research. To see how ancient clothing worked and how long it would take to get the news of the defeat at Fulford to Harold at Waltham Abbey. Hear a bit about it on the BBC Making History programme.

If you want to understand a bit about the insane rules under which planning operates then read my recent letter published in the press. It describes two incidents when the inspector ignored reality because it was contrary to the official view. 

Sad news about planning decision 

The Minister has determined that the battlefield will provide the access road to this housing development. There is a news release.  Efforts must now be devoted to ensuring that the rest of the site as well as the exciting finds we have made are properly investigated before the site is destroyed.


In parallel with this, the complaints that were made to the minister about the bias and intrinsic unfairness of the inquiry process immediately after the public inquiry closed, will now be pursued. Letters to the Secretary of State after the Inquiry


(Left) In August 2010, road signs have been erected to tell people that they are crossing the Fulford battlefield. The signs are on the A19 and are placed just to the north (the English side) and the south (the Norse side).

This sign is near the place where the land begins to slope down towards the ford.

Many thanks to the Parish Council for this imaginative way to let the locals know about the national heritage around them.

If you would like to be kept updated then register you interest. We will be publishing our report, selling prints of the tapestry and other products to help with the fund-raising to keep the projects going. More


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The public inquiry into the fate of Germany Beck opened on 13 June 2006 and continued until late July. The inspector will be reporting to the Secretary of State in the Autumn. The minister has decided to approve the development and has not even required that relevant archaeological investigation is undertaken. 

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For parents and children, of all ages

Chas Jones has written a book which explains the events of 1066 leading to the battle of Fulford. The book challenges much of the received wisdom about the events of 1066.
  • The role of earl Tostig as the choreographer of the two invasions of 1066 is explored as is the routing of duke William's southern invasion by king Harold's navy.
  • Drawing on the research that has been carried out around the site at Fulford, the course of the battle is interpreted for the first time.
  • Was king Harold confident that duke William has already been defeated in an unreported sea battle before heading north?

On 20 September 1066 a battle of the size and duration of the clash a few weeks later at Hastings led to the defeat of the Northumbrian army.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon to purchase the book.

Published by Tempus (now The History Press), Hardback, June 2006 - 0752438107,

Paperback edition has now been published. About the book Paperback 9780752443263

Contact me and I will sell you a signed copy. Very special price of £12.85 including postage in Europe (Please add an extra $ for overseas delivery)

Battlefield Trust site This is a wonderful, new resource for those who want to know about the battlefields of England and Wales.

Can you help? One author has donated copies of their books for us to sell.

The embroiderers are making exceptional progress with the tapestry. This was the first time that the pieces of the tapestry were all laid out together!

The Yorkshire 'Bayeux' Design  A full sized, coloured print of our tapestry is due to be displayed for the first time at the battle of Hastings commemoration 13/15 October 2006

You can look at a black & white image of the 5 metre tapestry split into sections.

Coloured-in design: Panel 1 panel 2 panel 3 panel 4 panel 5 panel 6

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Work in progress

Using the landscape analysis it has been possible to reconstruct the landscape on which the battle was fought. A table-top model has been built.

Understanding the way the land looked in 1066 makes military sense and fits the literature very well. More

Background to the Battle of Fulford

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!




Evidence section

A study of the landscape helps reveal the setting for the battle.

A paper on the methodology adopted has been added. 

Some interesting pottery

The pattern of finds is analysed and a new chart is added most months

Maps index - Including 3D, geological and ancient maps.

Views from battle of Hastings re-enactment 14 October 2006

What the experts say

"The site of the battle that followed is still miraculously clear of urban development which has halted a few hundred yards north of the battlefield. The area is a challenge to the civil conscience as a site for permanent presentation - An eternal reminder of an interesting fragment of Yorkshire history." Edwin Tetlow 'The Enigma of Hastings' pp 103 (Peter Owen 1974)

Walking to Waltham Abbey

The underlying geology is key to placing the battlefield.

There have been 2 pieces of work to confirm the assumptions:

  1. Environmental work on the Ings

  2. Latest work by developers

Could Fulford have been a bigger battle than Hastings? No prizes for guessing the right answer. Look at the evidence

Other theories

History Today.com

History Today has kindly given permission for the article about the Battle of Fulford to be reproduced on the site.

Published in October 1966, its title is "The Third Battle of 1066".  

It makes very interesting reading...



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