The Ravens Warband

Battle of Sarum, AD552

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle entry for the year 552 states:

Her Cynric gefeaht wiþ Brettas in þære stowe þe is genemned æt Searobyrg. 7 þa Bretwalas gefliemde. Cerdic wæs Cynrices fæder. Cerdic Elesing. Elesa Esling. Esla Gewising. Gewis Wiging. Wig Freawining. Freawine Friþogaring. Friþogar Branding. Brand Bældæging. Bældæg Wodening.

This year Cynric fought with the Britons in the place that is called Sarum, and put them to flight. Cerdic was the father of Cynric, Cerdic was the son of Elesa, Elesa of Esla, Esla of Gewis, Gewis of Wye, Wye of Frewin, Frewin of Frithgar, Frithgar of Brand, Brand of Balday, Balday of Woden.

Searobyrg is the iron age settlement of Old Sarum near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Old Sarum

Directions to the Battlefield

Old Sarum lies 1 mile north of Salisbury on the A345.

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