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Battle Of Ashingdon

Hob Uid: 1553373
Location :
Suffolk
Babergh
Assington
Grid Ref : TL9356038820
Summary : Possible site of the Battle of Ashingdon which is thought to have been located in a few different areas one of which being in Assington, Babergh in Suffolk. The battle was fought in 1016 as a result of Danish invasion of England. The Battle of Ashingdon is also known as the Battle of Assundun, the Battle of Assingdon, the Battle of Assandun and the Battle of Assendun. The 990s had seen many raids by the Danish on England and in 1016 they were led by Cnut (Canute). They sailed with a fleet of 160 ships and besieged London twice and raided across the country. The Vikings were forced out of London by King Edmund 'Ironside', the English King and went up the River Orwell and into Mercia. King Edmund, along with Earl Eadric, overtook Cnut at Ashingdon Hill in Essex; the location of the battlefield is disputed. Not much is known about the events of the battle itself but it is thought that Edmund was fighting on top of a hill with Cnut below him. Edmund seems to have been betrayed by Eadric who fled from the battlefield taking his men with him. Cnut became the victor of the battle and killed many English earls and Edmund escaped to Deerhurst in Gloucestershire. He was followed by Cnut and was allowed to retain Wessex due to a treaty that was drawn up. Cnut became king over the remainder. Edmund's death in November of the same year meant that Cnut became the king of the whole country.
More information : The site of the Battle of Ashingdon is thought to have been located in a few possible areas one of which is in Assington, Babergh in Suffolk. The battle was fought in 1016 as a result of Danish invasion of England. The Battle of Ashingdon is also known as the Battle of Assundun, the Battle of Assingdon, the Battle of Assandun and the Battle of Assendun. The 990s had seen many raids by the Danish on England and in 1016 they were led by Cnut (Canute). They sailed with a fleet of 160 ships and besieged London twice and raided across the country. The Vikings were forced out of London by King Edmund ‘Ironside’, the English King and went up the River Orwell and into Mercia. King Edmund, along with Earl Eadric, overtook Cnut at Ashingdon Hill in Essex; the location of the battlefield is disputed.
Not much is known about the events of the battle itself but it is thought that Edmund was fighting on top of a hill with Cnut below him. Edmund seems to have been betrayed by Eadric who fled from the battlefield taking his men with him. Cnut became the victor of the battle and killed many English earls and Edmund escaped to Deerhurst in Gloucestershire. He was followed by Cnut and was allowed to retain Wessex due to a treaty that was drawn up. Cnut Cnut became king over the remainder. Edmund’s death in November of the same year meant that Cnut became the king of the whole country. (1)

The National Grid Reference for the proposed site of the battlefield is: TL9356038820 (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : English Battlefields: 500 Battlefields that Shaped English History
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Page(s) : 35-37
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:1250, 2008
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Battle fought 1016
Monument End Date : 1016
Monument Start Date : 1016
Monument Type : Battlefield
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 93 NW 22
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 419102
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1553379
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, NHPP BATTLEFIELDS PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2012-12-31