King Alfred’s day

King Alfred in Trinity Church Square in Southwark

Alfred the Great died on 26 October 899 and the anniversary is marked annually in Common Worship.

The church calendar entry is Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899.

Alfred is buried in St Bartholomew’s churchyard at Hyde Abbey next to the Pilgrims’ Way on the edge of Winchester.

His statue dominates Winchester’s main street.

A much older statue of Alfred is found in Southwark which the King founded as a fortified place in 880.

Winchester’s King Alfred statue by Hamo Thornycroft was erected in 1901 following the millennium of his death in 1899.

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