Item BCA - 2017.722 - Old Shifford and its Church

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BCA - 2017.722


Old Shifford and its Church


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The Manor of Shifford has been variously owned by Edward Crouchbank, the son of Henry III, John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, Henry IV, Lord North and Greville Harcourt. Shifford was virtually the first Parliamentary meeting-place of this country for it was here that Alfred the Great called together in 890 his ‘Wise Men’ and his ‘Royal Court’ to attend what has been called the ‘Mother of all Parliaments.’ This is commemorated in an Anglo-Saxon poem, the original of which is in the possession of the British Museum and there may be a copy in the Bodleian. There is a good deal of interesting information in this leaflet.

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