The battle is considered very important, as it contributed to creating England as it is known today – and it may have taken place in Wirral.

Dubbed "The Battle of Brunanburh," it happened in 937, and it saw the King of England, Æthelstan, face off against an alliance of Viking and Celtic troops. The clash is often described as a notable contribution to the "birth of England."

After years of research and analysis of old records, the Wirral Archaeology volunteer group has reached the conclusion that the Battle of Brunanburh took place in Wirral.

The group points to evidence and significant archaeological finds in the central Wirral areas, which point to the battle.

Wirral Council has now commissioned a report to review these materials and see if further investigations should take place. The report will also look at whether the site could be of sufficient historical value and interest to be registered as an official battlefield.

A number of findings

"We have a whole number of findings from leading academics, vocational historians, and TV historians, etc., so everything's now pointing towards the Wirral (as the site of the battle).

"Gaining national battlefield status would be fantastic from an educational point of view, and a historical point of view," Councillor Jerry Williams, Wirral Council's heritage champion, stated.

 "We know tourism is a big earner for the Liverpool City Region's economy in normal times, so this is going to be a fantastic thing.

"To some degree, (the battle) is more important than 1066 (when the Battle of Hastings happened) because it formed England as a nation," Williams added.

Unique opportunity for research

One of the co-authors of the report, Paul Sherman, agrees with Williams, according to the site Liverpool World.

"The area where Wirral Archaeology has recovered its most significant finds provides a unique opportunity to research a site of potential regional historical significance. The group's members have recovered finds spanning 2,000 years of Wirral's rich and diverse history.

"The presence of a large amount of material related to pre-industrial metalwork production is particularly interesting, as is the recovery of a small number of arrowheads and gaming pieces which could possibly indicate the presence of an early medieval military camp close to the edge of a battlefield.

"I believe these small but significant finds warrant a comprehensive program of planned research on surrounding land in order to progress the project and to gather further evidence about the existence of a possible battlefield site," Sherman concluded.

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