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1067 - William The Conqueror
The Great Saxon Earls Morcar and Edwin (to whom belonged the district North of Castleford at the time of the Conquest) were so exasperated by the severity of the Norman overlords that they rebelled and expelled the Norman Garrison from York. William the Conqueror returned from Normandy, marched his army along old Ermine Street and was detained three weeks at Castleford by the inundation of the Aire. When the waters subsided he crossed the Ford and set up camp at Sherburn. From there he lay siege to York and left the whole territory desolate.
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