The main source of information about Alfred is Asser's Life of King Alfred, edited by William Henry Stevenson (trans. After being nominated by Wantage mayor Jim Sibbald, Mr Collins was invited to the prestigious Royal Garden Party, which was due to be held this week.   Mail David. Email Print. 0000006708 00000 n Historic buildings King Alfred the Great was born at the Royal palace there, in the 9th century. This site is created using Wikimapia data. In Wantage, he paid for a marble statue of King Alfred by Count Gleichen to be erected in the market-place, where still stands today. The chairman has become an irreplaceable figure in Wantage over the years through organising many fundraising activities for the town and supporting those less fortunate. Sir William A modern biography is Eleanor Shipley Duckett, Alfred the Great (1956; published in England as Alfred the Great and His England, 1957). 0000009218 00000 n an important Royal palace Wikimapia is an open-content collaborative map project contributed by volunteers around the world. Former head office of Wantage Urban District Council in Portway. Well worth the visit I promise you wont be disappointed.   Legends If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. She survived him and died around the year 902. It later had He was very involved in founding the English Red Cross Society. 0000003348 00000 n The participants entered Wantage via the B4494 road and left via the A417 towards Harwell and then on towards the end of the stage at Hemel Hempstead. So he married Sir Ivo's Alfred codified a set of laws for his kingdom and probably aided in the wide dissemination of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a quasi-official record of the experiences of his people. “Since it was cancelled, I decided to bring the party – while observing social distancing – to Ray with the assistance of councillor James Goodman in his capacity as chair of the Chamber of Commerce.”. Wantage was a small Roman settlement[3] but the origin of the toponym is somewhat uncertain. Her father's brass memorial is in the church. Weekly trading rights were first granted to the town by Henry III in 1246[3] Markets are now held twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays[4] Royalist troops were stationed in Wantage during the English Civil War.[3]. Early in 878, while Alfred's armies were scattered for the winter, an army under Guthrum left Gloucester in Danish-controlled Mercia and made a surprise attack on the West Saxons, capturing much of the kingdom. once a Chapel with a statue of Our Lady (St. Mary) in Wantage King Alfred the Great is often credited with establishing a navy to protect against Danish raiders. Wantage became A small market town in the heart of Oxfordshire. The impact was projected as being positive, aimed at preventing the town becoming a commuter town and retaining some commercial activity, An action group, Wantage Rejuvenated, is being sponsored by the town's chamber of commerce to try to bring business back into the area and inject new life into the town. He had [3] Since 1848, Wantage has been home to the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, one of the largest communities of Anglican nuns in the world. 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King Alfred the Great was born at the royal palace there in the 9th century Wantage appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. 0000012668 00000 n A small band of The Great Western Mainline is just north of Grove (2 miles North of Wantage) where the former Wantage Road railway station used to be. One of the locomotives (Shannon, alias Jane) is preserved at Didcot Railway Centre. In 887, when he was 38, he began to learn to read English and Latin. Date of birth : - 0000014019 00000 n In 2016 Mr Collins was given a medal of honour at the British Citizen Awards for his charity work. [19] SS Peter and Paul also contains seventeen 15th century misericords. The former Wantage railway station was about five kilometres (three miles) from the town, to the north on the A338. At least one development (including the new health centre) has been on a greenfield site adjacent to the A338 road towards Oxford. The Anglo-Saxon Alfred (849-899), sometimes called Alfred the Great, was king of Wessex from 871 to 899. in AD 847. %%EOF He was a friend Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces. All of Alfred's brothers were dead by 871, and he became king at age 22. King Alfred the Great was born there in AD 847.; In medieval times, the manor of Wantage was rented to Sir Fulk FitzWarin. A very small portion of the Wilts & Berks Canal is still within the parish. outlaw (like Robin Hood). He was the famous 3x Mayor of London, Dick Whittington. Alfred was born in 849, the youngest of six children of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex. At their father's behest and by mutual agreement, Alfred's elder brothers succeeded to the kingship in turn, rather than endanger the kingdom by passing it to under-age children at a time when the country was threatened by worsening Viking raids from Denmark. The famous story of his taking refuge in the house of an old lady and, in his distracted state, letting her cakes burn through inattention, is unfortunately a later legend. He succeeded as King of Wessex in 871, aged 22. xref The later translations which he probably initiated or undertook himself included Bede's Ecclesiastical History, Orosius's Universal History, Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, and St. Augustine's Solioquies. PAT�Д/�kwt܈�A7n�f��G^ �:�[����r)�^`�Sp�� ����sC3����O!��)]�?����i��A�t�'7�ǃ�iZ:Q5a���RT�Rᄫ��`�R��t������*�_w��������8��F�4�P������AU�Hn��FlQ The Crown Jewels Since the 1600s, the coronation regalia itself, commonly known as the 'Crown Jewels' have been protected at the Tower. Alfred's courage and military skill, however, prevented the Danes from conquering England, although they were later successful, early in the 11th century. Wantage appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. H��SMo�0��W�(��[���   Family History Also useful is the chapter on Alfred in Christopher Brooke, The Saxon and Norman Kings (1963). Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, Baron Wantage of Lockinge (see above). King Alfred the Great was born at the royal palace there in the 9th century, in what was originally known as Wanating. Chosen from public nominations by a panel of independent assessors, the prizes are awarded twice a year and recognise everyday people whose work has positively touched the communities in which they live.