Bringing Wirral's past back to life

Wirral Archaeology

Saxon shore forts

The Saxon Shore Forts
By the mid third century, the Roman Empire was facing major economic and military issues. The response in Britain to military threats from Germanic raiders was to build a series of fortresses along the Eastern coast.

Alfred The Great

To write a full history of Alfred the Great would neither do justice to this great King or to his achievements. Somehow, when all seemed lost, Alfred managed to keep both his head and the freedom of the Kingdom of Wessex, and, in turn, set the Anglo-Saxons on the path to eventual victory over the Vikings and the long road to the formation of a unified English nation.

The Battle of Tettenhall

The battle of Tettenhall (also called the battle of Wodnesfeld) was fought on the 5th of August 910 AD, in an area which is now a suburb of modern- day Wolverhampton. It’s a battle that is little known to most people yet it was one of the most significant battles ever fought between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.

Edmund Ironside

Edmund was the son of the English King, Ethelred II, known as the Unready. Ethelred the Unready was King of England from 978 to 1013 and again from 1014 to 1016. He was only 12 years old when he first became King. His reign was plagued by Viking incursions and he proved to be an ineffective King who was unable to deliver…

Registered English Battlefields

The following is a list of the Registered English Battlefields in alphabetical order.

The Case for the Dingesmere

A salient and critical factor in discovering the site of the battle of Brunanburh will be the identification of the Dingesmere, a formidable area of marshland which played a significant factor in the escape of the surviving Norse, Scottish and British of Strathclyde following their defeat in the battle.

The Battle of York

The ancient Roman Legionary fortress of Eboracum had been occupied by the Northumbrian Angles following the departure of the Roman military. The great walls were still standing and from the 6th century onwards, it developed into Northumbria’s capital city.

The Vikings in Wales

The Viking’s initial incursions into Wales were raids to capture booty and slaves.

The vast majority of these raids and their outcomes are highly unlikely to have been recorded.

Wales during this period consisted of a number of tribal Kingdoms whose inhabitants were able to use the terrain to their advantage by exploiting their skill at guerrilla warfare by launching ambushes on invading enemies and then retreating into their mountain fastnesses. Full on pitched battles were rare.

THE BATTLE OF NORTHAM JUNE 1069

The battle of Northam took place between the north Devon villages of Appledore and Northam in 1069. Two sons of Harold Godwinson, the English King killed at Hastings on the 14th of October 1066, namely Godwin and Edmund, returned to England with the intent of initiating an Anglo-Saxon rebellion to overthrow the Norman King, William.

The Harrying of the North.

After Duke William’s victory at the battle of Hastings on the 14th of October 1066 there is a general acceptance that England was completely subjugated by the Normans and that the English population was totally pacified. This was not the case and the Normans would pay a high price in both blood and treasure to finally establish dominance.