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The Battle of Benfleet

Over the centuries the wild coasts of Essex have been so tamed and subdued that I doubt the locals from even a hundred years ago would recognise where they were if they were to arrive here at present day. Over the centuries flood defences have turned the old Essex marshes to fields and more recently from fields to urban sprawl. It does however seem strange to think that thousands of people drive through the site of a Viking fort on their way on and off of Canvey Island every day, and whilst I'm sure most are aware of the Viking memorial placed by the side of road, I suspect few really know just how important the battle of Benfleet really was to our nation's history.

The Context For H├Žstan's Invasion
The first Viking raids occurred in 836 but became an issue for the English for hundreds of years.  Comparatively, Essex saw very little of the conflicts compared with other parts of England like Wessex, Mercia and Northumbria, but even so there are still a number of significan…

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