Battle of Hastings march is being re-lived at Audley End House
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Battle of Hastings warriors will march through Audley End for charity next week (Wednesday October 5).
They are spending three weeks travelling 300 miles from York to Hastings – a similar route to the one taken by King Harold 950 years ago.
It started from Cliffords Tower in York on Sunday September 25, the anniversary of King Harold’s victory over a Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and will visit Yorkshire, the East Midlands, the Fens and Cambridge, before getting to Audley End House.
Some of the re-enacters are walking, but some are on horseback, as it would have been in 1066.
It is raising money for English Heritage, who are organising the event, and people are invited to welcome the marchers and their horses at 12pm as they arrive at Audley End House, where they will rest for lunch.
Carrying on, they will arrive at the battle on October 14 and fight against Duke William of Normandy in what English Heritage describe as “arguably the most famous and important battle in English history”.
Nigel Amos, who is leading the march, said; “I have been involved in re-enactment for many years and for me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We do as much as we can to research the details of the history we re-enact, but there’s nothing like a personal experience like this to understand what it was like and offer an even more authentic window on that world to inspire and inform others.
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“The legacy of the Norman Conquest is all around us and for me, this march is a great way of highlighting the enormity of what the people involved in the campaigns of 1066 undertook, as well as appreciating the richness of our country’s heritage, from magnificent churches and castles to Roman roads and Saxon villages hiding in plain sight.”
Year 4 pupils from the RA Butler Academy will also be at Audley End to see history come alive.
Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/1066 for more information.