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The Battle of Kempsford occurred on 16 January 800 AD when Æthelmund led a group of Hwiccians from Mercia in a raid against the Wiltsaetas people of Wessex. However Weoxtan led the Wiltsaetas against them, driving them back across the river. Both leaders were slain. There is a field on the banks of the Thames called Battlefield where spearheads were dug up in 1670, encouraging the view that this is where the battle took event took place.[2][3]

At Kempsford Sir Thomas Thynne (died 1639) built a new country house, demolishing an important fortified house which in the Middle Ages had defended a crossing of the River Thames.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Kempsford, Gloucestershire Heritage Guide". Britain Express. Britain Express. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ Mynors, A. B. "Kempsford" (PDF). The Kempsford Website. Kempsford Parish Council. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ Anthony Emery, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Southern England, p. 132

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