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  Whellan's discussion

Whellan, William. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Northamptonshire, 1849. 494.

'South of the village is a valley called Danesmoor, or Dunsmore, as it is commonly called, where, according to he tradition in the neighbourhood, a battle was fought between the Saxons and Danes; but history is silent on the subject. In the 9thof Edward IV (1469), a sanguinary conflict also took place here between the partizans of that monarch and a body of insurgents, in which the former were defeated, and the Earl of Pembroke, with his two brothers and eight other gentlemen, taken to Banbury and beheaded. The insurgents, or Yorkists, were estimated at about 20,000, and the King's troops between 17 and 18,000 strong; 5,000 of the latter it is said were left dead on the field on that fatal day. The spot is marked by three small mounds in a triangular position.' 

We must presume that the three small mounds referred to by Whellan represent a misreading of the original accounts of the battle which refer to the battle taking place between a triangle of three hills.


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