Battle of Fulford Remembered Exhibition, Walk & Talk

Tuesday 7th September 2021

1066 Battle of Fulford Remembered

Sunday 19th September 2021 Exhibition, Talk & Walk from 2pm
Fulford Parish playing field on Fordlands Road, opposite Fulford Cemetery

Sunday 19th September marks 955 years since King Harald ‘Hardrada’ and his Viking army landed at Fulford. This bold and successful warrior used the exceptional autumn tide to carry the longship to deliver his army where this cunning commander knew the tidal flooding would protect their landing site until the battle the following day.
To commemorate this first battle of 1066 in a campaign that would witness the destruction of the Anglo-Saxon line, an outdoor exhibition, talk and walk of the battle will take place. The talk will start at 2pm and the walk at 2.30 starting from the Fulford Parish playing field on Fordlands Road, opposite Fulford Cemetery on Sunday 19th September 2021.
“Scientific analysis has recently allowed the arrows found near Harald’s landing place to be related to each other so it is probable that they were all being fired from the opposite bank at Harald’s army when they landed” commented Chas Jones who has been leading the research and will be giving the talk and leading the walk.
The exhibition will include images of the fragments of sword blades which were excavated during four seasons of digs by the team of volunteers which earlier identified the Roman-built ford which according to early writings was at the heart of the battle on 20 September 1066.
“The lockdown provided the time to investigate some mysterious lumps which had been excavated earlier. I was astonished to discover wafer-thin tips of weapons is some and the unique profile of swords in others” said Chas who had been investigating ways to remove almost 1000 years of concreted-rust that encased these unique finds.
It is often claimed that weapons would not be found on battles from this era but all of the four ‘lumps’ so far investigated, which come from the stone surface surrounding the crossing, have revealed pieces of sword. “I am sure that many more pieces will be identified but task is now to work out how best to investigate these precious pieces of archaeology, but it is good to have further confirmation of the location and actions of the battle of Fulford” noted Chas.
Most of the metal finds are currently undergoing various scientific investigations, some sponsored by Historic England who are deciding if Fulford should finally be added to the list of designated battlesites.