Battle of Assandun
This series of pictures shows the four Millennium banners and the team of Hadstock villagers, led by Sonia Villiers, involved in their creation.
Read the historical background to the Battle of Assandun in 1016AD and the early years of King Cnut’s reign as King of England. Rick Albrow discusses the people, events and objects which inspired the designs and the making of the four Hadstock Millennium banners in 2016. The story is also available as a booklet.
Held in St Botolph’s Church on September 15th 2016, Revd Paula Griffiths presented her views and led an interactive discussion with the attendees.
This re-enactment by Regia-Anglorum took place at Walton’s House in Ashdon on September 10th 2016.
This is the order of service for the commemoration event held in St Botolph’s Church on the 16th October 2016 at which former Archbishop of Canterbury, Right Reverend Rowan Williams, was the preacher.
On Sunday 16th October 2016, Revd Paula Griffiths, Priest at St Botolph’s, led a special service to commemorate the Battle of Assandun Millennium. The preacher was the Right Reverend Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury 2002-2012.
Regia Anglorum visited the Hadstock Fete in June 2016 as a forerunner to the Battle Reenactment Celebrations later in the year. The visit proved very successful and provided an opportunity for all ages to experience Saxon Life.
During the summer children had engaged in activities at the Saffron Walden Museum relating to the Battle of Assandun. They created banners which were on display in the Museum Marquee at the Ashdon re-enactment event in September. A small display of Saxon artefacts added to the interest.
As part of the activities to commemorate the Millennium of the Battle of Assandun, evensong was sung by the choir of St Mary’s Saffron Walden. The choir was led by their Director of Music, Oli King, and Jeremy Allan played the organ.
Read about the various events that took place the Battle of Assandun re-enactment held at Ashdon. The featured re-enactment group was Regia-Anglorum.
The congregation gathers for a special service on St Botolph’s Day, to commemorate the 1016 Millennium year of the Battle of Assandun. The Bishop of Colchester, seen by our Saxon door, preached a sermon on ‘The Open Door’
This is the press release produced in April 2016 which shows the full programme of events planned between May and October that year.
Conquest and reconciliation 1016-1023: summary of talk by Prof Simon Keynes, University of Cambridge
This is the summary of the second of two talks on the Battle of Assandun 1016AD, and given by Prof Simon Keynes in St Botolph’s church on 10th June 2016. Prof Keynes describes the ways in which Cnut ruled England and his many acts of reconciliation, a king believed by Simon to be of equal importance to English history as Alfred the Great.
On 19th May 2016, Dr Sam Newton, an independent scholar, reviewed the background and evidence surrounding this crucial battle between the English, led by Edmund Ironside, and the Danes, led by Cnut. Cnut won and a few months later, became King of England for nearly 20 years. This is a summary of the talk given in St Botolph’s church.
Four banners created by Hadstock villagers to commemorate the Battle of Assandun in 1016AD