• KING ALFRED THE GREAT STATUE WINCHESTER , HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND

    Image ID
    FOT1260126
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    3.7 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    2193 x 4096 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    186 x 347 mm
    7.3 x 13.7 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    190423 Alfred Hampshire King Statue Ttl Uk - England Winchester stock image stock photo
    Description
    King Alfred Statue.Hamo Thorneycroft's majestic statue of King Alfred the Great was unveiled at the lower end of the Broadway in Winchester during the millenary celebrations of his death in 1901. This most famous of the Saxon monarchs of Wessex ruled most of England in his time and is generally credited as being the principal founder of the modern city. Alfred was born in 849 at Wantage in what is now Oxfordshire. He was the son of Ethelwulf and Osburgh. He came to the throne of Wessex in 871 when his brother Ethelred died. It was a time of conflict with the English kingdoms being almost continuously overrun by a powerful Viking force. Alfred took part in many hand-to-hand battles and gained a reputation as a successful and courageous leader. In victory he was known to have offered compulsory baptism as an alternative to death. He died in 899 and was buried at the Old Minster in Winchester. His body was moved to the New Minster after it was completed, and then moved again in the 12th century when the monks from the New Minster moved out of the town to Hyde Abbey.
    Uploader
    Philip Enticknap
    Contributor
    Date Taken
    2010-06-25
    Uploaded on
    2015-07-28
    Collection
    England
    Dominant colour
    #5090D0