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Buttington (Welsh: Tal-y-bont) is a village in Powys, Wales, less than 3 km from Welshpool and about 300 m from the River Severn. The Montgomery Canal passes through the village.[1] The village stands on a slight rise above the river's floodplain, by the ancient ford called Rhyd-y-groes, where Offa's Dyke meets the Severn. The ford retained strategic value: reportedly in 1039 a battle took place here between Welsh and English forces.[2]

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Entering Buttington
Buttington is located in Powys
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Buttington shown within Powys
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52°40′N 3°07′W / 52.66°N 03.12°W / 52.66; -03.12Coordinates: 52°40′N 3°07′W / 52.66°N 03.12°W / 52.66; -03.12

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The Battle of ButtingtonEdit

At Buttington in 893 a combined Welsh and Mercian army under Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians, defeated a Danish army which had marched from Essex. This was the decisive battle in the war against the Viking invasion of the 890s.[3][4] The Buttington Oak stood near the village until February 2018 and was said to have been planted by local people to commemorate the battle.[5]

Notable peopleEdit

 
Former Buttington railway station in 1953; at the junction between the Cambrian Railway main line from Aberystwyth with the Shrewsbury and Welshpool Railway[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
  2. ^ Buttington, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.
  3. ^ *Charles-Edwards, T. M. (2013). Wales and the Britons 350-1064. Oxford University Press. pp. 507–508. ISBN 978-0-19-821731-2.
  4. ^ Smyth, Alfred (1987). Scandinavian York and Dublin. Irish Academic Press. pp. 33–35. ISBN 0-7165-2365-5.
  5. ^ "1,000-year-old oak on Offa's Dyke falls". BBC News. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ Disused Stations: Buttington

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