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Middle Saxon 700-850

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Middle Saxon
700-850

 

This era was mainly peaceful although in the early 9th century East Anglia freed itself from the controls of Mercia. Ornate glassware has been discovered from Dry Dryaton. Highly glazed pottery from Thetford has been found. This shows a gradual expansion and achivement which caused improvement in the housing from primitive Saxon houses to karge wooden buildings held up by posts with smaller thatched cottage of wattle and daub. An agricultural revolution took place and the area of settlement saw enormous growth. Villages expanded quite often by merging several hamlets into one settlement. The strip system of farming was adopted.

 

827

Egbert King of Wessex became King of All England

 

839

Egbert King of England died and Ethelwulf became King of England

 


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