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Anniversary of historic battle

Wolverhampton is marking the anniversary of a major battle which took place between the Anglo Saxons and the Danes more than 1,000 years ago.

Councillor Phil Bateman and Wolverhampton City Council’s Facilities Manager Chris Sutton preparing to fly the Wolverhampton flag
Preparing to fly the Wolverhampton flag

The Battle of Wodensfield - also known as the Battle of Wednesfield and the Battle of Tettenhall - saw the Anglo Saxons and their allies defeated the Danes of Northumberland at what is now modern day Wolverhampton on 4 and 5 August, 910.

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle states that "many thousands of men" were killed during the battle.

To mark its anniversary, the Wolverhampton flag has been raised outside the Civic Centre this Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 August, 2013). 

Wednesfield Councillor Phil Bateman, who led the calls for the historic battle to be commemorated, said: "This was one of the greatest battles in British history, and we should be very proud of the part that Wednesfield had to play.

"The first written references to Wednesfield came in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle where there is mention of a great battle at Wednesfield in which the Mercians and their allies inflicted a defeat on the Danes, leading to the effective end of their power.

"I am delighted that we are commemorating this hugely important event in our nation's history."

  • released: Monday 5 August, 2013