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The History Behind Wareham's Walls Is Revealed

Saxon Walls

7:54am 3rd October 2013

Visitors to Wareham can now learn more about King Alfred's iconic Saxon Walls that were built hundreds of years ago to stop a Dorset Invasion.

From Scandinavia, Viking Warriors were slowly taking a hold of the country and the King of Wessex knew the town had to act or surrender themselves to the enemy.

Local Historian and Archaeologist Lillian Ladle told Wessex FM the Vikings were dangerous and moving fast;

"Wareham as it stands was the entrance way into Wessex. At the time the Vikings were coming to this country, settling and taking over. They had taken over Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia by stealth, by killing the Kings. Only Wessex stood before them taking over the whole country."

When the Viking Warriors arrived in 876AD the walls were up and they were forced to leave Wareham when they soon realised they'd run out of food and had no way of getting in.

Now, a project spearheaded by Wareham's District Trust and funded by the National Lottery and Viridor Credits has created a series of information boards positioned along the Saxon Wall.

Each board tells the story of the spot on which it stands and its surrounding location, from Bloody Bank and 'hanging' Judge Jefferies, Norman conquest and 'transportation for life', to Edward the Martyr and the anger of King John, and includes information on the wealth of surrounding wildlife.

Wareham District Trust Manager Jon Scott told Wessex FM it's great for tourism with people coming from all over the world to see the ancient Saxon ruins every year.

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