Athelstan Road, RM3

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Athelstan (sometime around AD894 – October 27, AD939), also spelt Æthelstanthe, was the first Anglo-Saxon ruler who was recognised as King of All England. He was crowned King of Wessex and Mercia in Kingston in AD924. Among his achievements was at the Battle of Brunnanburh where he beat a combined force of Danes, Scots, Welsh and Irish. He died at the age of 44 in AD939. According to Chris Saltmarsh and Norma Jennings in Havering to Harold Wood: A Pictorial History, this road reflects the area’s association with Saxon royalty. The name itself comes from the Old Norse and means noble stone.

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