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King Alfreds Mont, Athelney: the Kings statue at Wantage

King Alfreds Mont, Athelney: the Kings statue at Wantage

Athelney, site of the King's Mont (bottom), was that island refuge to which the King escaped in 878 when a sudden descent by his Danish foes took him by surprise. For some months he tarried here, patiently waiting till the men of the neighbouring shires could rally to his support; then placed himself at their head and inflicted crushing defeat on Guthrum at Ethandune. Wantage (top) where stands the modern statue by Count Gleichen, was Alfred's birthplace. Alfred's Well and Alfred's Bath in the same place are somewhat dubious in origin.

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King Alfred and the British Navy

Shaftesbury Terrace; and Wedmore Church Somerset

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