SUE Misc - Battle of Newmouth 1011 or 1012 AD; The Crouch

SHER Number:SUE Misc
Name:Battle of Newmouth 1011 or 1012 AD; The Crouch
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:TM 39 49
Parish:BUTLEY, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
GEDGRAVE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
SUDBOURNE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Summary

Possible site of Battle of Newmouth between the Danes, led by Olaf Haraldsson, and the English, in 1011 or 1012 AD, near contemporary major anchorage/harbour.

Monument Types

  • HARBOUR (Late Saxon - 850 AD to 1065 AD (at some time))
  • BATTLEFIELD (IPS: Early Medieval - 1011 AD to 1012 AD)

Designated Status: none recorded

Description

The battle is recorded in the "Saga of Olaf the Holy", written c. 1225 by Icelandic historian, Snorri Sturluson (R1). In turn, Snorri's source is the Old Norse poem, "Viking Verses" or "Vikingarvisur" by Sigvatr Thoroarson (R2). The battle is not mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
Site of battle claimed to be at 'The Crouch' near significant navel anchorage. Elizabethan map showing location of The Crouch reproduced in (S1) - could be Sudbourne, Butley or Gedgrave parish.

Sources and Further Reading

[R1]SSF10836 - Bibliographic reference: Snorri Sturluson. The Saga of Olaf the Holy.
[S1]SSF53828 - Bibliographic reference: Orford & District Local History Bulletin. Issue 14, Spring 2010, pages 1-6. Article by Dr. Sam Newton.
[R2]SSF53829 - Bibliographic reference: Sigvatr Thoroarson or "Sigvatr the Skald". "Vikingarvisur" or "Viking Verses". The Battle of Newmouth is the ninth battle referred to in the sequence..

Associated Finds: None recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2014 4:13PM
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