United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

BATTLE OF ETHANDUN

Our Ref: 45340

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Address

BRATTON
WILTSHIRE
England
 
Type:Stone of Remembrance
Other Location Details:

ADJACENT TO BRATTON CAMP FORT

OS Map Ref:ST 901 515

Inscription

TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN FOUGHT IN THIS VICINITY MAY 878 AD WHEN KING ALFRED THE GREAT DEFEATED THE VIKING ARMY, GIVING BIRTH TO THE ENGLISH NATIONHOOD. UNVEILED BY THE 7TH MARQUESS OF BATH 5TH NOVEMBER 2000

ADDITIONAL INSCRIPTION: THIS STONE, PRESENTED BY F. SWANTON AND SONS, NORTH FARM, WEST OVERTON, IS A SARSEN STONE SIMILAR TO THOSE AT KINGSTON DEVERILL, THE AREA WHERE KING ALFRED RALLIED SAXON LEVIES FROM HAMPSHIRE, WILTSHIRE AND SOMERSET TO MARCH AGAINST GUTHRUM'S VIKING ARMY BASED AT CHIPPENHAM.

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLAQUESMETAL   Good
MEMORIALSTONE - SARSEN1700 MM1400 MM Good

Physical Description

LARGE MONOLITH OF SARSEN STONE SURMOUNTING BASE OF CEMENTED PEBBLES. TWO METAL PLAQUES WITH BLACK LETTERING BEAR INSCRIPTION AND ARE SET INTO BASE.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War9th Century Wars
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

ETHANDUN MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

Maintenance History:

OCT 2000: STONE MOVED FROM FARMLAND NORTH OF WEST OVERTON NEAR MARLBOROUGH. DONATED BY FARM OWNER.

Ceremonies

Date:5TH NOVEMBER 2000
RolePerformed By
UnveilingMARQUIS OF BATH
Date:5TH NOVEMBER 2000
RolePerformed By
Dedication Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Corporate, Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:FREE
Cost of Memorial:£2000
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
PROSPECT LAND COMPANYBuilder

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

MEMORIAL IS SITUATED WITHIN ENGLISH HERITAGE GUARDIANSHIP BOUNDARY.

Comments:BOOK: DILLON, PATRICK & JOHN, PEDDIE "ALFRED'S DEFEAT OF THE VIKINGS" (1981) CASTLE CAMELOT PRINTERS, BRISTOL. ISBN 0 907603 01 7 MAG: "THIS ENGLAND" SPRING 2000; SPRING 2001 NEWS: "WHITE HORSE NEWS" DATE UNKNOWN
Photographs:4
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:Yes
Minutes:No
Publications:2
Press Cuttings:2