Iron helmet 'from Battle of Stamford Bridge' found in Midlands antique shop (UK)

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A rusty iron helmet that may be the only surviving relic of one of the most decisive battles in English history has been found in an antiques shop.

A label on the helmet suggests it was fished out of the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge, where King Harold Godwinson defeated Viking invaders in 1066 before he was beaten by William the Conqueror at Hastings.

Historians speculate that Harold, England’s last Anglo-Saxon king, may have halted the Norman Conquest had he not had to fight at Stamford Bridge, near York. He not only had to beat the 10,000-strong Vikings, but march to Yorkshire and back at a punishing pace.

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