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Weced

Hob Uid: 188559
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Watchet
Grid Ref : ST0700043000
Summary : Saxon burh at Watchet. The burh may be Alfredian in origin. Now known to have been located at Dawe's Castle (ST04SE1).
More information : Watchet was one of the Burhs of the Burghal Hidage,
with 513 hides, and there was a Mint there from the time of
Aethelred II to Stephen. The site and character of the Burh are
uncertain: Biddle calls it a new burghal town (as distinct from
fort) `on a promontory site' (which suggests either Daw's
Castle (ST 04 SE 1) or the St Decumans area (ST 068428), and
Grinsell supposes that it was either beneath the present town,
or at Daw's Castle, or at another earthwork near it. (1-3)

Additional Bibliography. (4-5)

Excavation at Daw's Castle (ST04SE1) have confirmed it as being the site of the burh. It was probably constructed in Alfred's reign and rebuilt in the reign of Athelred II. (6)

Weced (Watchet) is first recorded as a burh in the Burghal Hideage, and excavations since 1965 have confirmed the location of the burh at Dawe's Castle. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Arch of Anglo-Saxon England 1976 (Ed D M Wilson) 125-6 (M Biddle)
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : A History of Watchet 1955 19-21 (A L Wedlake)
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : The Archaeology of Exmoor 1970 117-8 (L V Grinsell)
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Brit Num J Vol 11 1915 36-55 (H A Parsons)
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somer Reg Survey 1934 15 (W H Thompson)
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Proc Somer Archaeol Nat Hist Soc 130 1986 59 (F McAvoy)
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hill D and Humbole A 1996 The Defence of Wessex 223-4
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Early Medieval
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 410
Monument Type : Burh
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34162
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 04 SE 28
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 188490
Relationship type : Is referred to by

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