ST8437 : Egbert's Stone

taken 7 years ago, near to Kingston Deverill, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Egbert's Stone
Egbert's Stone
Egbert's Stone is where King Alfred The Great changed the course of British history and firmly contributed to the establishment of Christendom here in fair Albion. It's a fantastic tale of courage and clarity of mind under extreme duress. But, are these the stones which once comprised the original structure, now resting here in a rough paddock at Kingston Deverill, next to the Norman Church of St. Mary the Virgin, that once marked the meeting place, up on nearby Court Hill, where Alfred pulled his fierce retaliatory Saxon militia together against the occupying Danes, who had betrayed a Christmastide ceasefire at Chippenham (imagine that), thereby causing the king to flee? I'd like to think so, although the likelihood is that the actual moot was near Alfred's Tower a few miles away at a convenient intersection of marching routes. The story is complex and so I thought to blog a synopsis:

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ST8437, 52 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 4 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 7 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 84626 37096 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.9757N 2:13.2659W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 84626 37096
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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