7 November 2013

The Battle of Hatfield and Cuckney church

The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society are putting together a project to determine the location of the Battle of Heathfield (AD632) which led to the death of King Edwin of Northumbria. Traditionally, the battle is assumed to have taken place near Doncaster but the Society think that it was fought near the village of Cuckney in west Nottinghamshire.

Over 200 adult male skeletons were discovered at Cuckney church in 1951 when work was done to protect the building against subsidence from coal mining. Although it has been assumed the burials related to a 12th century battle the Society are arguing that they may be the fallen from the Battle of Heathfield and want to excavate at the church to find and analyse the skeletons.

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