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January 2, 2018

Sir Hereward Wake passed away peacefully, with his family beside him, at his home in Courteenhall, Northamptonshire on 11th December aged 101.

Born in 1916 the 14th Baronet Wake of Clevedon, Somerset, lived all his life with the debate about whether the folk-hero Herewa...

October 27, 2017

The 27th of October is a significant date in English history that is never officially recognised, though many lament over. Our history books tell us that the English Army was defeated in one day at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066 but it took another five ye...

September 14, 2017

Hereward the Wake returned to Bourne on Thursday 7th September in an event organised by the WakeHereward Project in association with Baldock's Mill Heritage Centre and by courtesy of Bourne Civic Society.  In attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Bourne, here flank...

July 11, 2017

 Baldocks Mill Heritage Centre, Bourne, Lincs.

Much due to the work of Elisabeth van Houts, we may comfortably assume that not only was Hereward outlawed and worked abroad as a mercenary soldier, but that he returned from exile some few days into September in 1067.

This...

January 22, 2017

The WakeHereward Project, a community project designed to raise the profile of folklore hero Hereward the Wake across his native Fenlands, are in production of a six part documentary about the famous resistance leader.

Filming of 'The Hereward Story' began in Ely w/c 9t...

November 18, 2016

The many guises of folklore legend Hereward the Wake have blurred the fact that he is a historical figure – even the appellation ‘the Wake’ (the alert / the ever-watchful over his folk) is said to be a much later invention – yet we can identify his existence from entri...

October 23, 2016

Edgar the Atheling was around 14 years of age when King Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. Some days later he was proclaimed the new King of England. His story is seldom told...

Common knowledge of the Norman Conquest begins and ends at th...

October 18, 2016

Perhaps the best weapon any military commander could possess in a battle is the benefit of hindsight, particularly those who end up on the losing side. King Harold II of England is certainly no exception. On the spot where Battle Abbey now stands in the late afternoon...

October 14, 2016

Leaving York behind him sometime around the last days of September 1066 King Harold II of England set off on the 270 mile hike to meet the challenge of Duke William of Normandy who had landed at Peavensey on 28th September with a force of many thousands of men. The Bat...

October 14, 2016

Twinned together for eternity and spoken of as a pairing more than any other two monarchs in English history, King Harold II of England and Duke William of Normandy did battle at a location we now call Senlac Hill or Senlac Ridge on Saturday 14th October 1066. Today ma...

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