THE BATTLE OF STAMFORD BRIDGE

On the 16th September 1066 King Harold marched his army 200 miles to the North of England in order to repel the invading forces of Harald Hardrada, King of Norway. Hardrada's army had navigated their way up the Humber and then up the Derwent River where they finally moored at the settlement of Riccall. They walked the remaining 9 miles to York having left a third of their army behind to protect their boats.

On their march to York Hardrada encountered the forces of the Northumbrian Earls Edwin and Morcar. This conflict between Hardrada and the Northern Earls was called the "Battle of Fulford Gate". After much fierce fighting Hardrada emerged victorious.

An arrangement between the men of York and Hardrada was negotiated. An exchange of 150 hostages was agreed upon. The meeting place for this exchange was arranged for the following day at Stamford Bridge.

This exchange never took place. King Harold and his army completed the journey to York in only 9 days. Taking Hardradas forces by surprise the mighty "Battle of Stamford Bridge" took place on the 25 September 1066. King Harold won the day but the celebrations were short lived when he received news of an invasion in the South by Duke William of Normandy.

This lead up to the Battle of Hastings was omitted from the story line of the Bayeux Tapestry. In order to complete the story, Michael and Rachael again collaborated in order to create a 22 metre section to the existing mosaic.

The new section was started in 2004 and completed in 2012. It depicts both the Battle of Fulford Gate and the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Rachael was responsible for creating the artwork for this extensive new piece and it was Michael's task to transfer Rachael's picture onto the metal base.

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