1066 - Harold
King Harold (Godwineson) having seized the throne after the death of Edward the Confessor, mustered the fleet (we are told of 700 vessels.) at Portchester to cruise the Channel and ward off any planned invasion threatened by Duke William of Normandy. But after nearly four months and acting on force intelligence he dispersed the fleet and hurried north to deal with the over ambitious “Tosig” and King Harold of Norway (Duke William‟s brother-in-law) and crushed the invasion of the Norsemen at Stansted Bridgeon 25th September.
On 28th September William of Normandy lands at Pevensey, Sussex. Harold with his army then made that magnificent forced march south where he fell, we are told, to a Norman arrow at the Battle of Hastings on the 14th October.