Battle of Ethandun


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Reference WMO241700

Address:

Adjacent to Bratton Camp Fort

Bratton West Wiltshire

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other monolith
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
Conflicts:
  • 9th Century Wars
About the memorial: LARGE MONOLITH OF SARSEN STONE SURMOUNTING BASE OF CEMENTED PEBBLES. TWO METAL PLAQUES WITH BLACK LETTERING BEAR INSCRIPTION AND ARE SET INTO BASE.
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TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN FOUGHT IN THIS VICINITY MAY 878 AD WHEN KING ALFRED THE GREAT DEFEATED THE VIKING ARMY, GIVING BIRTH TO THE ENGLISH NATIONHOOD. UNVEILED BY THE 7TH MARQUESS OF BATH 5TH NOVEMBER 2000 ADDITIONAL INSCRIPTION: THIS STONE, PRESENTED BY F. SWANTON AND SONS, NORTH FARM, WEST OVERTON, IS A SARSEN STONE SIMILAR TO THOSE AT KINGSTON DEVERILL, THE AREA WHERE KING ALFRED RALLIED SAXON LEVIES FROM HAMPSHIRE, WILTSHIRE AND SOMERSET TO MARCH AGAINST GUTHRUM'S VIKING ARMY BASED AT CHIPPENHAM.

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