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Welcome to the website for the Battle of Northam 1069.

The Battle of Northam was probably fought on Friday 26th June 1069.  In an unusually long and bloody battle, Brian of Brittany defeated an army headed by two sons of King Harold – who was killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  The Battle of Northam is important because it sealed William the Conqueror’s victory over King Harold’s family and in contemporaries believed that it represented the climax of the Norman Conquest.

We hope you enjoy exploring the site and finding out more about this fascinating battle and a piece of relatively unknown but important history.

We hope to see you either at the Battle site or at one of our events! See news for latest updates and events.

Guided walk

 

Appledore beach detail

About Us

This site is about commemorating, celebrating and discovering the Battle of Northam 1069.

We believe our heritage makes us what we are today. The Battle of Northam changed the course of history. What happened here should never be forgotten and deserves to be better known.

The Battle of Northam project is a collaboration between Nick Arnold and Bideford Bay Creatives.

 

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Visit the Battlefield

The battlefield lies between Northam and Appledore.  The initial attack on the raiders took place around the historic village of Northam and they retreated towards their ships at Appledore before making a stand on the far side of a marsh represented by the place name ‘Marshford’

The Battlefield today looking North

Today some of the marsh is built on, but much of the battlefield is open fields and allotments, an organic smallholding and a caravan site.  It is well-served by roads and footpaths and is easy to explore.

Planning your visit to the Battlefield

The best way to explore the battlefield is on foot.
You can park at Churchfields Car Park at the end of Appledore Quay.

From here a Battlefield walk will take 90-120 minutes.

The approximate battlefield location is Churchill Way, Northam EX39 1NS.
Please see the Northam 1069 Battlefield Guide Download

It is a good idea to wear comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather.  The walk to the battlefield involves a steep uphill section of about 100 metres in Pitt Hill – this section is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.  For those with restricted mobility it might be easier to take the bus or drive to Northam.  There are frequent buses from the bus stop on Appledore Quay opposite the Seagate Hotel.

It is a good idea to take water in hot weather and wear sunscreen.

Marshford Organic shops sells refreshments and cold drinks

If you intend to stay longer in the area there are numerous hotels and guest houses in Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho!  Other local attractions include Appledore Maritime Museum, Westward Ho! beach and Bideford.

 

Guided Battlefield Walk

News

Nick Arnold article in The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/battle-of-hastings-sequel-tracked-down-to-north-devon-a6891756.html Nick Arnold’s painstaking research to identify the battlesite was featured in an article in The Independent newspaper in February 2016.