Site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford that changed the course of British history is confirmed to be on a housing estate near York

Mail Online | 12/31/1969 | Cecile Borkhataria For Mailonline
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It was a key battle that changed the course of British history.

Now, a lengthy investigation has revealed the site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford in York.

Archaeologist - Charles - Jones - Compelling - Evidence

Archaeologist Charles Jones says the compelling evidence shows 'beyond any sensible doubt' that the historic battle in the city of York took place on land now being prepped for new housing.

He says a cache of weapons including axes, arrows, and swords found during a dig proves the conflict was fought at Germany Beck, York.

Mr - Jones - Loggerheads - House - Builders

Mr Jones was at loggerheads with house builders Persimmon Homes over a long-running campaign to prevent plans for 655 homes being built on the site.

However, after a lengthy legal battle, the new homes on the 60-acre site were eventually approved and are set to be built soon.

Mr - Jones - Narrative - Site - Course

Mr Jones said: 'The narrative of any site will, of course, be endless - but we must be brave and state a clear conclusion when it's justified.

'Just accept that archaeologists are going to argue with you; but please remind them of the damage they do when they publicly nit-pick while avoiding the big picture.

Spirit - State - Doubt - Battle - Site

'In this spirit, I am happy to state that we have, beyond any sensible doubt, located the 1066 battle site at Fulford.'

The Battle of Fulford preceded other well-known 1066 battles, including Stamford Bridge, which later set up the famous battle of Hastings.

Death - King - Edward - Confessor - England

Following the death King Edward the Confessor of England at the beginning of 1066, Viking invaders attempted to take the North of England, and then the throne, for their own.

England's new ruler, King Harold Godwinson, faced off against a Norse army in the 'Battle of Fulford', a bloody and gruesome battle that the Saxon side lost.

Invading - Forces - Victory - King - Harold

The invading forces' victory was short lived as King Harold slaughtered the Norse army in a surprise attack at Stamford Bridge in East Riding, Yorkshire,...
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