Thursday, 25 February 2016
Three years after the Battle of Hasting
Little did I know, when I stayed in the Devon village of Instow this time last year, that from my hotel bedroom I would be looking across the River Torridge toward the suggested site of the second biggest punch up of the 1060's. From my photographs, you can see these fields behind the famous Appledore Shipyard.
It has been claimed today that the fields between the Devon villages of Appledore and Northam is the site of what could be called a rematch between the sons of King Harold and the Norman conquerors.
Author Nick Arnold claims that these west country fields
"played host to the bloody battle of 1069."
Mr Arnold goes on to say that
....."More than 3,000 people died in the resulting clash, Mr Arnold said, after 64 longships "crammed with armed men" led by Godwine and Edmund arrived at Appledore on 26 June 1069.
Their army, which arrived from Ireland, met a fighting force made up of Normans, Bretons and English. They were met and roundly defeated by forces led by Brian of Brittany in a day-long battle. The showdown settled once and for all who would rule England"
A research paper will be republished by the Battlefields Trust. I will be looking forward to reading it.