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Field Trip: Vikings and Saxons in Essex

Saxons and Vikings in Essex


Saturday, 30 October 2021

Pickup at Embankment Underground Station at 8:00 a.m.

Itinerary:

St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell on Sea; the site of the Battle of Maldon; All Saints Church, Inworth and St Andrews Church, Greensted,

This field trip involves visits to three Anglo-Saxon churches: Bradwell on Sea from the second half of the 7th century, and Inworth and Greenstead from the Late Anglo-Saxon period.

We will also visit the site of the Battle of Maldon, which took place in 991 when a group of Viking ships anchored of Northey Island some three and a half kilometres south east of Maldon, and fought the Anglo-Saxons who were under the leadership of Ealdorman Brihtnoth.

The Vikings, who had already raided in Folkestone, Sandwich and Ipswich, defeated the Anglo-Saxons, and the event gave rise to an important Old English poem commemorating the event.

Please note that both Bradwell and The Battle of Maldon site involve a walk of about half a kilometre.

St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea