10 April 2018
Created by Barry Thompson © 2011-2018 Aston on Trent on Trent Local History Group, all rights reserved
Aston on Trent History – Timeline of Important Dates 2500 BC Earliest currently known evidence of Neolithic settlement within the present-day parish boundaries. 410 AD The Romans leave Britain. 410 to 600 Arrival of Germanic speaking peoples from across the North Sea comprising Saxons, Angles and Jutes. Nearby Repton becomes the principal residence of the royal family of the Kingdom of Mercia. 653 King Paeda of Mercia marries Elfleda, daughter of the King of Northumberland. A condition of the marriage was that Paeda should become a Christian and four priests came south from Lindisfarne to Repton. From this time Christian      teaching spread along the Trent valley. Repton lies only a few miles from Aston on Trent therefore it could not have been long before the missionaries reached the settlement of Aston.   873 The Kingdom of Mercia comes to an end when an army of marauding Vikings arrived and set up a fortified settlement at nearby Repton. 874 The Viking army departs. 1010 Death of Wilfrie Spott, a Mercian earl, who held the Combined Manor of Aston on Trent and Weston on Trent. The Manor passed to Wulfget, Abbot of Burton and then on to Britinic, also an Abbot of Burton. He was succeeded by Algar, an earl of Mercia who died around the year 1062. 1066 William, Duke of Normandy, defeats King Harold II at the battle of Hastings. 1086 Aston on Trent is recorded in the Domesday Book as Acetum (east farm) and was divided between three estates. These estates comprised a small manor belonging to Henry Ferrers, part belonged to the royal manor of Weston on Trent and the third was a berewick (outlying farm) held by Uctebrand as a sub-manor from the King. Shortly after the Domesday Survey William the Conqueror gave the Weston manor to his nephew Hugh, Earl of Chester. 1092 The abbey of St. Werburgh founded at Chester by Hugh Earl of Chester who conveyed lands of the manor of Weston (including Aston) to the Abbot. At the Dissolution during the reign of Henry VIII the Abbey was spared and subsequently developed into Chester Cathedral.