On International Women’s Day no less.
All is revealed on this page.
I’ve lost count of how many stories, or parts of stories, I’ve set along this path.
This shot taken just as the ‘Beast from the East’ began to make itself known.
The following day it became passable on cross-country skis!
Here in Fulford we can lay claim to the first battle of 1066, but its site – where Harald Hadrada’s Viking invaders reached York – has never been formally marked.
Never mind: like its notorious sequel at Hastings it still deserves a tapestry.
Here it is.
Panel 1: the invaders reach the East coast: Scarborough
They rampage west, through Holderness. A scout watches from a tree so news can reach York.
They sail up the Humber to Riccall (south of York). The bottom panel shows men being mustered, and supplies arriving.
Earls Edwin and Morcar defend York: the battle site is to the city’s south. They have a good position and face weaker troops.
When the defenders have been tempted down from their position, Harald’s stronger troops arrive! The woman on horseback in the top panel is Rhiannon, Goddess of those who face overwhelming odds.
The Vikings ride into York and are ‘given the keys’. The panels show daily life continuing: cooking, metalwork, and the modern work of archaeology.
A team led by Chas Jones has found partially-remade weapons on the site near Germany Beck. The beck, and the road from Riccall, have been there since Roman times.
Artisans and other camp followers would always try to salvage and repair as much as possible after any battle: metal and weapons were expensive. But here – and here only – they left quite a lot behind because time was against them.
The Battle of Fulford took place on 20th September 1066.
By 25th, the victors had to face Harold and the English army 20 miles away at Stamford Bridge!
Ship’s wheel down by the river (near the flood-resilient pub that’s always in the News)
Diamond ring just outside the Oxfam shop
Virgin Mary by the Minster
Stephenson’s Rocket (near the Guy Fawkes pub)
A frozen Orchid near the Old Starre Inn (of ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norris’ fame)
is never the victim of double-entendres.
Which is more than can be said
keeps a quarter of hash under his pillow.
‘Cause he’s not the kind of bloke
to bum a smoke.
never wears Dacron.
He’s more likely to be seen
in Racing Green.