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Battle of Fulford being commemorated
Councillor Keith Aspden with one of the new signs.
The Battle of Fulford was one of three vital battles fought in 1066

The village of Fulford has decided to help commemorate a battle that helped change English history.

The Parish Council, in the village near York, have installed two new signs which mark the Battle of Fulford, of September 1066.

The battle saw the English defeated by the Norwegian army of King Harald Hardrada.

Fulford was one of three famous battles in 1066 that eventually led to the Norman conquest of England.

Fulford's Liberal Democrat Councillor, Keith Aspden said he was pleased the new signs would remind people that York's rich history extended to its surrounding villages as well as the city centre.

"The events in Fulford in 1066 played a big role in shaping the outcome of the battles at Stamford Bridge and Hastings and ultimately the future of the country."

The Battle of Fulford

The battle is part of a series events in 1066 that meant the end of Anglo-Saxon England.

It began with the death of King Edward the Confessor in January.

The King had left no clear heir and despite suggestions that he had earlier promised the throne to Duke William of Normandy, the nobles chose instead to crown Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex.

William of Normandy planned to invade and take what he thought was his rightful throne by force.

Whilst preparing for the widely expected Norman invasion, Harold learnt that his estranged brother, Tostig, had reached an agreement with the Norwegian King, Harald Hardrada, who also had a slight claim to the English throne.

In September of 1066, Harald Hardrada invaded and defeated the English under the Earl of Northumbria at Fulford on September 20.

He did not live long enough to celebrate his success though, he was defeated by King Harold at Stamford Bridge just a few days later.

The English King was then forced to march speedily south to meet the Norman invasion.

Without the English defeat at Fulford there is every chance that King Harold might have been able to fend off the Norman invasion and preserve Anglo-Saxon England.


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