Battle Of Ethandun

Our reference
45340
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 5th November 2000
  • Dedicated : 5th November 2000

Current location

Bratton,West Wiltshire,Wiltshire,England
OS Grid Ref.: ST 901 515
Denomination: Unknown

Description

LARGE MONOLITH OF SARSEN STONE SURMOUNTING BASE OF CEMENTED PEBBLES. TWO METAL PLAQUES WITH BLACK LETTERING BEAR INSCRIPTION AND ARE SET INTO BASE.

Inscription

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.

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

9th Century Wars (800-899)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Memorial
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 1700 MM , width 1400 MM
Materials: Stone - Sarsen
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Metal
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 5th November 2000
Attended by: MARQUIS OF BATH

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 5th November 2000
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

History

OCT 2000: STONE MOVED FROM FARMLAND NORTH OF WEST OVERTON NEAR MARLBOROUGH. DONATED BY FARM OWNER.

Costs

Site: FREE
Memorial: £2000
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate, public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

ETHANDUN MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

Notes

BOOK: DILLON, PATRICK & JOHN, PEDDIE "ALFRED'S DEFEAT OF THE VIKINGS" (1981) CASTLE CAMELOT PRINTERS, BRISTOL. ISBN 0 907603 01 7 MAG: "THIS ENGLAND" SPRING 2000; SPRING 2001 NEWS: "WHITE HORSE NEWS" DATE UNKNOWN

Notes

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