The Saxon era ended with the Norman Conquest, when William, Duke of Normandy beat Harold, the last King of Saxon England and Earl of Wessex. Harold was defeated and killed at the Battle of Hastings, just three weeks after defeating a Viking invasion at Stamford Bridge near York. Harold’s, and then William’s capital was in Wintonceastre (now Winchester) just 12 miles from the Meon Valley.
The following video, produced by English Heritage, records the annual re-enactment by 1000s of Norman and English Warriors at Senlac Hill at Battle Abbey, Hastings. The event takes place on the weekend closest to the 14th October, the anniversary of the battle.
We plan a visit from the Meon Valley to the re-enactment in October 2013.