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Legendary British battle site is relocated to a humble lay-by off the A1.<br />
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A TV historian believes he has rediscovered the site of the battle that 'saved England' and created Britain for the first time - and the historic encounter is now centered on a anonymous lay-by off the A1 near Doncaster. <br />
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The battle of Brunanburh in 937 pitted West Saxon king Athelstan against a combined hoard of Vikings, Scots, Picts and Irish.<br />
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Had Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, been defeated it would have been the end of Anglo-Saxon England, but upon victory he became the de facto King of all Britain, the first in history.<br />
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Despite the legendary battle's significance mystery has surrounded its location for over 1000 years, with more than 30 locations proposed across England.<br />
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Recently, a consensus emerged that the battle took place in Bromborough on the Wirral, but historian Michael Wood is convinced it actually unfolded 100 miles away in south Yorkshire.<br />
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He believes the epicentre of the battle was Robin's Hood Well near the quaint village of Burghwallis, which is about seven miles north of Doncaster and has a population of just 300 people.