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Kempsford is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, about 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Fairford. RAF Fairford is located near the village. The population was around 1,120 at the 2011 census.[1]


The Battle of Kempsford occurred on 16 January 800 AD when Æthelmund led a group of Hwiccians from Mercia in a raid against the Wiltsaetas people of Wessex. However Weoxtan led the Wiltsaetas against them, driving them back across the river. Both leaders were slain. There is a field on the banks of the Thames called Battlefield where spearheads were dug up in 1670, encouraging the view that this is where the battle took event took place.[2][3]

At Kempsford Sir Thomas Thynne (died 1639) built a new country house, demolishing an important fortified house which in the Middle Ages had defended a crossing of the River Thames.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Kempsford, Gloucestershire Heritage Guide". Britain Express. Britain Express. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Mynors, A. B. "Kempsford" (PDF). The Kempsford Website. Kempsford Parish Council. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Anthony Emery, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Southern England, p. 132

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