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Published on July 29th, 2010 | by James Clarke


Local Historian talks about the Battle of Wodensfield


Local Historian Ray Fellows is holding a history talk about Wednesfield and the Battle Of Wodensfield at The Vine Inn on Lichfield Rd this Friday.

Ray’s talk marks the 1,100th anniversary of the battle which was reported to have taken place on the 4th and 5th of August in the year 910. The Battle took place where Wednesfield (or Wodensfield as it was then called) now stands and was crucial in helping to forge the unification of England as one Kingdom.

Wednesfield born former Mayor of Wolverhampton, Phil Bateman recently said:

“The first written references to Wednesfield come in the Anglo Saxon chronicles where there is reference to a great battle at Wednesfield in which the Mercians and their allies inflicted a defeat on the Danes which lead to effective end of their power. It has always been an important part of Wednesfield’s traditional history that this great battle was fought here and a reference to it appeared on the Wednesfield Urban District Council’s coat of arms.” (as seen above).

Ray’s talk begins at 7:30pm on Friday 6th August at The Vine Inn on Lichfield Rd and all are welcome.

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5 Responses to Local Historian talks about the Battle of Wodensfield

  1. There will also be a short talk on the Wednesfield Lancaster bomber crash in 1945 and the 60th anniversary memorial service, by Tony Gough and myself, on the same evening.

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  3. Phil Bateman says:

    I wish ray well in his talk! I would be there myself if the date didn't clash with Wednesfield North Labour Party meeting. Wednesfield folk need to band together and influence the City Council to do more to recognise this great battle that took place here inside the City boundaries. History is important, and this piece of Wednesfield history has national importance. If the battle had been won by the Danes then instead of people today speaking English…we could very well have been speaking Danish!

    Good Luck Ray!

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  5. bill giles says:

    have you seen the blog saying the battle was fought in wednesbury or tetenhall please put them straight

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