Ordnance Survey (Historic Sites, Essex)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture if it is proposed to include the site of the Battle of Maldon in future issues of the one-inch and other editions of the Ordnance Survey, in which the sites of Bannockburn and other historic battles are already to be found.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

Yes, Sir. The site of the Battle of Maldon will be shown on future editions of the one-inch and larger scale Ordnance Survey maps of the area.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

Who fought the battle?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

The Battle of Maldon took place in 991 A.D. in the time of Ethelred, and it was fought between the Earl of East Anglia, whose name was Brithnoth, and the Danes, who were led by Anlaf. The Danes were victorious on that occasion, and Brithnoth was killed.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, while it may be necessary to give information about what happened at Maldon, there is no need to give information about what happened at Bannockburn?

Photo of Mr James Hudson Mr James Hudson , Ealing North

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what they fought each other for?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

I cannot furnish that information.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is proposed to show the sites of the Anglo-Saxon fortresses or burhs at Maldon and at Witham, Essex, in the forthcoming edition of the Ordnance Survey; and how far the researches and views of Mr. F. H. Laws, of Maldon, on the siting of the Maldon burh, which have been made available to the Survey, have been taken into account.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

The sites of the burhs will be shown on Ordnance Survey maps as soon as satisfactory proof of their position can be obtained. Mr. Laws has done valuable research work into the location of the burhs, and full account has been taken of his very interesting views; but the location of the burhs has not yet been proved to the satisfaction of the Archaeology Officer of the Ordnance Survey or of other archaeology authorities in this country.