By Matthew Nathan
After a lifetime of public carrier Sir Matthew Nathan retired to the Manor of West Coker close to Yeovil in Somerset. He constructed a willing curiosity in his new domestic; he started first to examine it, then to deepen and widen his study, after which to show his wisdom into this hooked up account, which was once initially released in 1957. The neighborhood assets - the manorial files of his personal property, the parish and county files - have been very wealthy. With nice thoroughness he integrated them in an area heritage of the realm as much as the 19th century. approximately the entire forces which impact the affairs of the kingdom should be traced within the documents of the realm. it really is neighborhood and novice background, yet of the simplest calibre, and there's a lot to curiosity historians drawn to neighborhood documents. those are liberally quoted and there are distinct maps.
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3 14. 2 17 pp. 3 I I-14. NWC T H E A N N A L S O F W E S T C O K ER marshlands near the Severn at Portishead and passing south of Bath to the Wiltshire downs may have marked the southern boundary of the western lands occupied by the West Saxons. These lost such ascendancy as they had among the Saxon kingdoms of Britain which belonged first to Kent in the south-east then to Mercia in the midlands and then to Deira and Bernicia which united to become the northern kingdom of Northumbria. With these changes the West Saxons lost their hold over the lands north of the Thames, but before long we find them compensating themselves in the west for what they lost in the north and east.
The mint was then closed, possibly owing to its exposure to. ' A. R. Powys, The English Parish Church ( 1930), pp. 8, 9. ' Old English Chronicles, Bohn's Antiquarian Library ( 1 855), 3 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, p p . 347, 348. p. 19. SOUTH SOMERSET IN SAXON AND DANISH T IMES Viking raids, and four out o f the five moneyers whose names w e know from the coins were transferred to Canterbury. 1 Danish incursions occurred in Aethelwulf's reign (839-56). 2 According to another version of the story or legend the enemy was driven across England : In this year fought Eanulf the ealdorman, and defeated the Danes Another ealdorman, his name was Osric Was with him a captain.
1 6 1-4. 4 Victoria County History, Somerset, I , p . 3 3 1 . 5 All the objects are i n the Yeovil Museum ; see article b y H. S t George Gray, in Jour. Brit. Arch. Soc. XVIII, pp. 392-5, or XIX, pp. 3 2 1-2. 13 THE ANNALS OF WEST COKER Perhaps the most interesting of the objects found are a n inscribed bronze plate two and three-quarter inches long by one and five-eighths inches high and a bronze statuette of the god Mars about three inches high. The following is a full description of the plate.