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Responding to claims made by Persimmon in the local press. Sadly my reply was not published

10 November 2014

Dear Sirs,

I am more than happy to answer Simon Usher’s question about the importance of the latest evidence for the battle of Fulford. (‘Fresh bid to safe Fulford battlesite’ 6 November 2014)  I told a packed meeting at the Guildhall a few weeks ago that three separate archaeological techniques gave dates for the latest iron findst hat spanned 1066.

What was even more exciting is that these new finds can be linked to the post-battle metal recycling that we announced ten years ago. Sadly Persimmon blocked further work on these unique sites. We can now be certain that the many hearths located along Germany Beck also come from the time of the battle.

But Persimmon should have read about the way metal was recycled after the battle of Fulford in a number of publications or in documents I have submitted to the planners.  The recycling we have found at Fulford might explain why Hastings and Stamford Bridge have not produced any weapon finds – the winners appear to have done a very thorough job of clearing up. Iron was a valuable commodity.

I have a few questions of my own for Persimmon. For example, why have they continued to tell the planners that there is no evidence for the battle when so much has been found and published, for example, by the Royal Armouries? The latest finds are discussed in this month’s Battlefields Trust magazine. 

So I will send Persimmon a copy of the recent illustrated talk to ensure they have a copy. I hope they will acknowledge receipt as they have failed to answer any of the correspondence I have sent in the last year.

It is shocking that we are planning to cover-up a decade of failures and destroy this exceptional piece of our heritage that is on public land for all to enjoy. It is because the planners and Persimmon are ignoring the evidence I have been forced to take my case to court to save this irreplaceable asset.



Chas Jones


PS The headline for the article is wrong – My fight is to save the heritage and not to block the housing – I used to work for Shelter and have regularly volunteered with Crisis at Christmas.

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