History KS3 / KS4: 1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge (3/6)

The Battle of Stamford Bridge was the second September battle in 1066, between King Harold of England and King Harald of Norway and Tostig.

The Anglo-Saxon army had marched all the way from London to Stamford Bridge - near York - in only five days, and managed to catch the invaders unprepared.

Harald and Tostig arrived in Northern England in 300 ships, but only 24 were needed to take the survivors, including Harald's son Olaf, home to Norway.

Two of the contenders for the throne were killed at Stamford Bridge, leaving only William in a position to challenge Harold Godwinson.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

Florence of Worcester is mentioned as writing an account of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Students could look at how Florence of Worcester would know about the events at Stamford Bridge?

Key Stage 4

Compare the Battle of Fulford with the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Are there any similarities you can find? What is the significance of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the story of 1066?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History in secondary schools in the UK. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

1066: The claimants to the throne (1/6)
1066: The Battle of Fulford (2/6)
1066: The Battle of Hastings (4/6)
1066: King William and Domesday Book (5/6)
1066: Revolt and resistance (6/6)