Crug Mawr Battlefield 1136

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A clash between the Normans and an alliance of Welsh forces seeking control of Ceredigion, following the revolt against Norman rule in South Wales in 1136. The battle took place at Crud Mawr, two miles from Cardigan. The Norman forces were overcome and fled towards the River Teifi where the bridge collapsed under the weight of the fugitives. This defeat was a major setback for the Normans, after which Ceredigion was taken over by Gwynedd. The battle site is thought to be a high knoll called Banc-y-warren.


Maes Gwenllian (Kidwelly) Battlefield 1136

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The scene of a revolt against the Normans in 1136 led by Princess Gwenllian, sister of Owain Gwynedd. The battle took place at Maes Gwenllian (Gwenllian's Field) in the forest of Kingswood, about a mile from Kidwelly Castle. Gwenllian was defeated and is believed to have been killed in the battle.  

Rout of Winchester 1141

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In the Rout of Winchester on September 14, 1141 the army of imprisoned King Stephen of England, led by his wife, Queen Matilda of Boulogne and William of Ypres, defeated the army of Stephen's cousin Empress Matilda, whose Angevin forces were commanded by Earl Robert of Gloucester. This was a major event during the civil war known as The Anarchy, as the captured Robert of Gloucester was subsequently exchanged for Stephen, who was returned to the throne of England, replacing the Empress Matilda.

Battle of Hastings 1066

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Probably the most famous battle in English history, the Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II, during the Norman conquest of England. The main part of the battlefield is on the land of Battle Abbey managed by English Heritage. There are several key locations outside the Battle Abbey site which need intepretation by a guide. 

Battles of Lincoln (2 February 1141 and 20 May 1217) .  

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The Battle of Lincoln or First Battle of Lincoln occurred on 2 February 1141. Stephen of England was captured during the battle, imprisoned, and effectively deposed while Empress Matilda ruled for a short time.  The Castle is well preserved and the story of the siege of the two battles can be interpreted with the aid of a guide..

The Battle of Fulford (20 September 1066)

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The Battle of Fulford was fought at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near York in England, on 20 September 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada ("harðráði" in Old Norse, meaning "hard ruler"), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern earls, Edwin and Morcar.

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Siege of Bungay Castle  1174 

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Bungay Castle was built by Roger Bigod in 1100.  His son Hugh was a significant player in the revolts by barons aaginst Henry II.  Durign the sisge the castle was undermined. 

Orford Castle 

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The castle was built by Henry II in the 12th century to consolidate his power over East Anglia and used to put down a local rising led by the Bigod family.  Though only its unique polygonal keep remains intact, there is plenty to explore with a maze of passages in the basement and a visitor display in the upper hall. The roof affords great views seaward over the former port.

Battle of the Standard (22 August 1138)

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The Battle of the Standard, sometimes called the Battle of Northallerton, in which English forces repelled a Scottish army, took place on Cowton Moor near Northallerton in Yorkshire. The Scottish forces were led by King David I of Scotland. The English were commanded by William of Aumale. There is limited interpretation but a guide can bring the story to life. It is listed by English Heritage as a Registered Battlefield.

Battle of Stamford Bridge (25 September 1066)

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 The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire in England, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway (Old Norse: Haraldr harðráði) and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson. After a bloody and horrific battle, both Hardrada and Tostig along with most of the Norwegians were killed. Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his victory was short-lived: he was defeated and killed by the Normans at Hastings less than three weeks later.  It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.

Fornham Battlefield 1173

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The village of Fonham St Genevieve is the site of a key battle in the revolt of 1173-4 against Henry II by three of his sons, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and rebel supporters.  The Royal forces of 300 knights caught the 3000 rebels fording the River Lark near the present town of Fornham St Genevieve.  King Henry's men defeated the rebels. 

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