Event to mark 1066

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

A group of in­trepid re-en­ac­tors will visit Pe­ter­bor­ough Cathe­dral on Sun­day as part of an epic 300 mile jour­ney in­spired by the one taken by King Harold to the Bat­tle of Hast­ings, 950 years ago. Or­gan­ised by English Her­itage as part of its pro­gramme mark­ing the an­niver­sary of the Nor­man Con­quest, re-en­ac­tors on foot and horse­back will visit the city as they travel south from York to Bat­tle over three weeks, be­fore ar­riv­ing at the East Sus­sex bat­tle­field on Friday 14 Oc­to­ber, the ex­act date in 1066 when the forces of Harold and Duke Wil­liam of Nor­mandy met in ar­guably the most fa­mous and im­por­tant bat­tle in English his­tory. The group set off from Clif­fords Tower in York on Sun­day 25 Septem­ber–the an­niver­sary of King Harold’s vic­tory over a Vik­ing army at the Bat­tle of Stam­ford Bridge – and will visit Pe­ter­bor­ough af­ter jour­ney­ing through York­shire and the East Mid­lands. Their ar­rival in Pe­ter­bor­ough will mark the end of the first leg of their jour­ney.

The walk­ers and rid­ers com­mem­o­rat­ing King Harold’s jour­ney to the Bat­tle of Hast­ings are a re­minder of a tur­bu­lent time in the Cathe­dral’s his­tory.

King Harold stopped at Pe­ter­bor­ough Abbey on his way to the Bat­tle in 1066. Ab­bot Le­ofric and some of his knights joined forces with Harold and trav­elled on to Hast­ings with him. Ab­bot Le­ofric died ei­ther en route or in bat­tle. A new ab­bot was elected, but soon af­ter Turold, a Nor­man ab­bot was put in charge by King Wil­liam. Turold built a cas­tle in the city.

There-en­ac­tors will ar­rive at Pe­ter­bor­ough Cathe­dral at about 11.30am, and will leave at 1pm.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.