ST8638 : 2009 : B3095 passing through Brixton Deverill

taken 8 years ago, near to Brixton Deverill, Wiltshire, Great Britain

2009 : B3095 passing through Brixton Deverill
2009 : B3095 passing through Brixton Deverill
"The name Deverill refers to the River Deverill which flows through the whole valley. It rises to the west of Kingston and flows north, passing through the six villages. At Crockerton it meets the Shearwater stream and becomes the River Wylye. The name Deverill literally means ‘diving rill’. There are points along its route where it peters out and flows underground, hence the disappearing rill or stream.
The name Brixton refers to an 11th century landholder named Brictric. By 1435 the name had changed to Brightson, leading to the opinion that this was the site of Ecbrighte’s stan or Egbert’s stone. This is the site where King Alfred is said to have gathered his men before Ethandune, although the actual site may well have been at Penselwood, on the Somerset-Wiltshire-Dorset border. King Alfred has long been associated with the Deverill valley in legend and folklore, an example being the dedication of Monkton church. The story of Alfred and the cakes is supposed to have taken place in a field south of the rectory in Brixton, and tradition says that Alfred prayed for victory in the church on the eve of the Battle of Ethandune."

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 October, 2009
Road > B road (Classified B)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 862 387 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.8922N 2:11.8515W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 862 388
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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