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Saxon Fortification at Barwick In Elmet


Saxon Fortification at Barwick In Elmet
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Undated. Created after the departure of the Romans C.410 the kingdom of Elmet was created and managed from Barwick in Elmet. When the Anglo-Saxon invaders conquered Holderness, Wolds and Plain of York it was the kingdom of Elmet that halted the westward invasion. The Saxon Edwin invaded Elmet in 617 AD in retaliation for his nephew Hederic's poisoning there in 615 AD. With the kingdom of Elmet dissolved, King Edwin converted and was baptised at York in 627 AD. The king of Northumbria until 632 AD all of Yorkshire was now under Edwin's Saxon rule. The image was published by Robinson, Son & Holdsworth , Leeds, & J. Hurst, Wakefield, 1st May 1816.

User Comments:

Name:
H J Smith, Barwk-in-Elm. Hist Soc.

Comment:
The earthworks are iron age in origin (about 600 B.C.). The round feature at the bottom of the plan is a norman motte and bailey built within part of the iron age earthworks some 1600-1700 years later.

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Name:
Lesley Hirst

Comment:
I remember the hill in the middle of the earthworks being called "Hall Tower Hill" and i danced around the maypole in my youth in this field.

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