A HIGH Court fight has broken out over the location of "the first battle of 1066".

Archaeologist Charles "Chas" Jones is challenging a refusal by English Heritage to register Germany Beck at York as the site of the Battle of Fulford.

The "forgotten" battle culminated in the eventual defeat of Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson by William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings.

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Mr Jones argues Germany Beck was the most probable site. English Heritage took advice from a Battlefield Advisory Panel and refused in November 2012 to designate the Fulford site.