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Swanborough Tump

Swanborough Tump Date Photo Taken 2013
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Swanborough Tump was the meeting place, or moot, of the Swanborough Hundred from Saxon times. First recorded in 987 as Swanabeorh the Old English name means barrow of the swains, or peasants. It remained the meeting place for the local Court Leet until well into the 18th century.

In 899 when the Danes were attacking Wessex King Ethelred and his brother Arthur summoned their Council here to decide on the best way to resist the Danes. On 29th October 899 Alfred's will was drawn up documenting the agreement between him and his brother; whichever survived the other was to give the other's children the lands that they had acquired themselves and those that King Ethelwulf gave them.

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