I found time to go back and read the Hastings Observer report on the Time Team’s research on the site of the Battle of Hastings last……………. and it has certainly created some local interest.
Following the links, I was very impressed to read the following and unsolicited comment about 1066 Harold’s Way and especially about such a ‘forgotten’ local landmark:
I thought the programme was pretty feeble on all counts…much digging without much evidence of anything… but I have just read a book by local historian David Clarke – “1066 Harold’s Way” and it charts the route which Harold supposedly took from Westminster to the point of the battle…an excellent book and well worth a read.
One little piece of information in this book held my attention as a St. Leonard’s resident…the somewhat decrepit statue situated in West St. Leonard’s Gardens is a statue of Edith Swanneck and Harold….there is no indication of what this little edifice represents and we always call it ” woman throttling man” (as the author of this book points out, from certain angles she does appear to be strangling poor Harold)……when in fact it is Harold’s Danish-law wife, Edith Swanneck in great distress following his demise….I think there ought to be some attempt to clean up this statue and put a plaque in place so people will know precisely what it represents….this little book also offers many differing views as to how Harold met his end and where he was buried. Well worth the £7.99 price tag.