SECRETS OF THE NORMAN INVASION
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SECRETS OF THE NORMAN INVASION
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PART ONE


Note: This document is a proprietary copyright ©document, the copying for anything other than personal or research use is prohibited without the written consent of the author (or where appropriate publisher). Parts may be reproduced for review purposes or educational uses.
This site started as a document filed with the Highways Agency in the UK (23rd December 1994) as evidence to be presented at a Public Inquiry to determine the route of the Bexhill to Hastings bypass, since the proposed route passes through the centre of the site being investigated. It has since grown as a result of the subsequent public inquiry and continuing search for evidence. It contains information on one of the greatest stories of human history and reveals more than first meets the eye. I hope that you enjoy the read and are wiser as a result.
In order to evaluate the hypothesis contained in this document it is necessary to follow the logic of the document in chronological order.

Start of original manuscript (23rd December 1994)



INTRODUCTION

The following work arose out of my insatiable desire to know exactly where the Normans landed prior to the Battle of Hastings. This interest was awakened shortly after moving to the village of Crowhurst (one of Harold's personal manors) where I was able to hear at first hand some of the local accounts of the Norman landing and search for Norman remains in the village.

Over the last six years I have tried to read everything important associated with Norman landings and the battle and have spent many months carrying out detailed searches of the documents contemporary with the battle. I have become increasingly alarmed at the discrepancies between the texts and the lie of the land where the landings were supposed to have taken place. In this work I attempt to explain how all these discrepancies can be reconciled only if the contextual references are applied to a landing site different from Pevensey.

The text that follows is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the clues to the landing site contained in the contemporary source documents, whilst the second part looks at the physical evidence thrown up by surveys, aerial photographs, field walking and archaeological work.

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INDEX OF CONTENTS

MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE start here (Part 1)
WILLIAM OF JUMIEGES - GESTA NORMANNORUM DUCUM 1070 (Part 2)
WILLIAM OF POITIERS - GESTA GUILLELMI 1072 (Part 3)
THE CARMEN OF HASTINGAE PROELIO - GUY BISHOP OF AMIENS 1067 (Part 4)
THE CHRONICLE OF BATTLE ABBEY - ANON 1180 (Part 5)
MASTER WACE - THE ROMAN DE ROU 1160 (Part 6)
THE DOMESDAY SURVEY - 1085/6 (Part 7)
THE BAYEAUX TAPESTRY.-APP.1077 (Part 12)- Introduction
THE SAXON CHRONICLES.-1042 - 1154 (Part 24)
CONCLUSION OF SITE REQUIREMENTS FROM MANUSCRIPT STUDY (Part 25)
INCONSISTENCIES (Part 26)
THE PORT OF HASTINGS (Part 27)
HASTINGS TOWN (Part 28)
GEOGRAPHY (Part 29)
BRONZE AND IRON AGE DEVELOPMENT (Part 30)
ROMAN DEVELOPMENT (Part 31)- Development of Infrastructure.
TITHE MAP (Part 32)- and Bore Hole Survey.
PORT AREA (Part 33)- Port Area.
THE HASTINGAS (Part 34)- The lost tribe
AERIAL SURVEYS (Part 35) - 1946 and Redgeland Wood
LOWER NORMAN FORT (Part 42)
RESISTIVITY SURVEY (Part 43) - RES1 THE INLET (Part 50)
NORMAN BOAT PARTS (Part 51)
THE EARTHEN BANK (Part 52)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF COW LANE (Part 53)
THE UPPER NORMAN FORT (Part 54)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHAPEL FIELD (Part 55)
PLACE NAMES (Part 56)
THE GRAVES (Part 57)
ANALYSIS OF ALL REQUIREMENTS IN RELATION TO THE PROPOSED SITE (Part 58)

CONCLUSION (Part 59)

TABLE OF DOMESDAY VALUES (Annex Part 1)
SOURCES (Annex Part 2)
PHOTOGRAPHS (Annex Part 3)
DOWSING (Annex Part 4)
FOOTNOTES (Annex Part 5)


End of original manuscript (23rd December 1994)


CORRESPONDENCE listing of relevant correspondence and evidence given at Inquiry.
NEW BOAT SITE EXCAVATION!!!! (Part 64) October 1996
THE EARTHEN BANK MYSTERY (Part 65) November 1999
THE OAK BEAM (PART 1) (Part 66) November 1999
THE OAK BEAM (PART 2) (Part 67) February 1999
RADIOCARBON DATING (Part 68) The Oak Beam March 2000 and SIMON JENNINGS CONCLUSIONS (2001)


PART TWO

The New Battle of Hastings Site


New documents (Nov2009/March 2010)




INTERREGNUM (Part 69)
THE FINGER OF SUSPICION (Part 70)
THE MUSEUMS (Part 71)
CAMBRIDGE (Part 72)
THE CARMEN REVISITED (Part 73)
THE CHRONICLE OF BATTLE ABBEY REVISITED (Part 74)
MR WACE (Part 75)
THE MALFOSSE (Part 76)
TITHE MAP 1841 (Part 77)
THE MANOR HOUSE (Part 78)


THE CROSSBOW (Part 79)
THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY CONFIRMATION (Annex 80)
THE ARCHERS (Part 82)
THE GROUND (Part 83)
CONCLUSIONS (Part 84)
USEFUL CONTACTS (Part 85)
FOOTNOTES (Part 86)



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